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This page gives an overview of the Reflection Filter Render Element and explains how it is used.


The Reflection Filter Render Element stores reflection information calculated from the materials' reflection values in the scene. Surfaces with no reflection values set in its material(s) will contain no information in the render pass and will therefore render as black.

While the Reflection Raw Render Element gives the full reflection of objects reflecting in the scene, Reflection Filter shows how much of that reflection should come through in the composite. In other words, the filter defines the strength of the reflection, while the raw image defines what is being reflected in the image. When these two elements are multiplied, the true level of reflection is given and produces the Reflection Render Element. Using these component parts of the reflection, you can better fine tune the reflection in your final composite.

Reflection element is a key component in the main Beauty Pass.





UI Path: ||Toolbar|| > V-Ray Menu icon > Render > VRayRenderElement > Type: Reflection Filter


The Reflection Filter render element has no controllable properties.



Common uses

The Reflection Render Element is useful for changing the appearance of Reflective elements after rending in a compositing or image editing software. Below are a couple of examples of their use.



The Reflection Filter Render Element


The Original Beauty Composite




More contrast added to Reflection Filter


Brighter with more contrast Reflection Filter




Reflections with more contrast


Brighter Reflections with more contrast







Cooler, brighter with more contrast Reflection Filter





Cooler, brighter Reflections with more contrast



Underlying Composite

Reflection = Reflection Raw x Reflection Filter



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