I'm setting up render layers and I am stuck on something I know is really silly. I just want to render a background plane where 2 objects casts shadows to.

My goal is to have 3 different image sequences as follows:

  1. The background color
  2. Object 1's shadow on the background
  3. Object 2's shadow on the background

Simple huh?
Well... in the background color layer I have unchecked Object 1 and 2 collections so they are not rendered. I have also unchecked Shadow Catcher for the background plane geometry (If it's ON, the render I get is blank)

The problem is having Shadow Catcher off makes the other 2 layers to cast a shadow + they render the background color too.

I know it's not a bug, this is just my ignorance on how to correctly set up layers for this case in particular.

Can I get some help?

Oh, and since we are here, all of my other layers are correctly rendered. How can I render again (once this problem is sorted), but tell Blender to skip the layers I am happy with?

  • $\begingroup$ Hi. Please use a title that matches the content of the question. It should be descriptive but succinct, unique and identifying, summarizing the issue in such way that anyone searching for a similar problem is likely to find it. Use the edit link above, remove anything superfluous, avoid words like "this", "help", "issue with" or "question about". Remember, your title is the first thing potential visitors see, answers you get depend heavily on how insightful it is. See What is the problem of asking “How do I do this?" $\endgroup$ Sep 7 at 19:04
  • $\begingroup$ if you provide a blend file, we can check it, which helps a lot $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Sep 8 at 5:30
  • $\begingroup$ I am sorry, I can't submit my blender file due to nda I thought the description of the problem would suffice, specially when I explain what my goal is $\endgroup$
    – Sumatra
    Sep 8 at 11:22


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