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This page gives an overview of the Metalness Render Element.


The Metalness Render Element shows areas, where a V-Ray Material, with Metalness is applied. The Metalness values are baked into an image, where black corresponds to 0, and white - to 1. The image created can be used as a metalness mask when creating PBR shaders in post-processing.

Note that values between 0 and 1 give an unrealistic metalness effect. They can be used creatively and for smooth transitions from a metal to a non-metal material on the same geometry. For more information on metalness and it's role when creating PRB shaders, visit Understanding Metalness.



The parameters for this render element appear in the Attribute Editor under Extra V-Ray Attributes.

Enabled – When enabled, the render element appears in the V-Ray Virtual Frame Buffer.

Deep output – Specifies whether to include this render element in deep images.

Filename suffix – The text added to the end of the rendered file, when saved as a separate file (e.g. myrender.metalness.vrimg).

This render element is not supported with V-Ray GPU rendering.