I'm having issues with the Node Editor. I have clicked render image button but I am unsure as to whether it has worked. No image actually comes up, and there is no backdrop button.
blender showing the node editor


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You have Shader or material nodes selected, what you want are Compositing nodes which is the button directly to the right of that.

If you want to see the output of your render in the compositor, you need a Viewer node connected to the render layer you are working with. So switch to compositing nodes, add a viewer node, tick backdrop and you should see your render.

  • $\begingroup$ but it should show up in any area when the render ends $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    Feb 14, 2015 at 23:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Chebhou Backdrop is only shown when you are using compositing nodes as it shows what the Viewer node is connected to. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Feb 14, 2015 at 23:28
  • $\begingroup$ i think he is about the final render result that should come up when you render $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    Feb 14, 2015 at 23:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Chebhou There is no backdrop button in the final render result which is the image editor. Only in the node editor. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Feb 14, 2015 at 23:32
  • $\begingroup$ ok, i thought that the problem is with Image_editor not showing up when he render "because it is supposed to override the UI and display the result" $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    Feb 14, 2015 at 23:37

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