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vrayRE_Normals is a render element that stores the camera space normal map using the geometry's surface normals. The Normals Render Element is useful for adjusting lighting in the composite. For example, the red, green and blue channels can be adjusted in compositing software.

Bump maps are not represented in this render element; to include bump maps, use the Bump Normals Render Element.

When Normals Render Element is saved as a separate render channel, its output value is kept between [0;1] range; if saved as a multichannel .exr, its output value is in the range from -1 to 1.




UI Path



||Render Settings window|| > Render Elements tab > Normals


Filtering – Applies the image filter to this channel. Image filter settings are in the Image Sampler rollout in the VRay tab of the Render Settings.

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When using the Progressive image sampler, even if disabled, Filtering will affect the render channel. 


Normals Color Generation


The Normals Render Element uses screen space to determine the colors in the render element. With screen space in the camera view: