This page gives some basic details about the Atmospheric Effects render element and how it is used in compositing.


The Atmospheric Effects Render Element stores only atmospheric or volumetric participating media, such as Environment Fog or Aerial Perspective. This render element can then be used to enhance or color-correct only the atmospheric component of the image during the compositing process.

When atmospheric effects or fog are included in a scene, they render into the Beauty|RGB channel, and should also be output as the Atmospheric Effects Render Element channel for compositing use.


UI Path


||Shading viewport|| > Shader Tree > Add Layer button > V-Ray Render Elements > V-Ray Additional Outputs > Atmospheric Effects



This render element is enabled and controlled through the V-Ray Additional Outputs properties.


Enable Atmospheric Effects – Enables the Render Element.

Name – Sets a custom name for the Atmospheric Effects Render Element.

Deep OutputSpecifies whether to include this Render Element in deep images.

Apply Color MappingApplies the color mapping options specified in the Color mapping rollout of the V-Ray Main Render Settings.

Denoise – Denoises the render element.

Common Uses 

The Atmosphere Render Element is useful for changing the appearance of the atmosphere and volumetric effects in a rendered image using compositing or image editing software. Below is an example of its use. 


Atmosphere Render Element, with fog generated by V-Ray Environment Fog 

Original Beauty composite

Color of atmosphere changed and intensity increased


Compositing Formula

The Atmospheric Effects Render Element is added to the Beauty render to form the final image.

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