I want light but no shadows using emission lights. Even though I uncheck the Ray Visibility "Shadow" I'm still getting shadows. enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ There's two lights in your scene, un-ticked on both? $\endgroup$ – Luka ash Nov 26 '15 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, both are unticked. I quadruple checked. $\endgroup$ – Marc Nov 26 '15 at 23:19
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    $\begingroup$ Have you tried unticking the shadows on the object? $\endgroup$ – user1853 Nov 26 '15 at 23:40
  • $\begingroup$ Yes.. shadows are UN-ticked on every object. Very bizarre. $\endgroup$ – Marc Nov 27 '15 at 2:05
  • $\begingroup$ No matter what I do I am STILL getting nasty hard-edged shadows. I attached the blend file above except I forgot to bake the graphic in.. still you can see what I mean. $\endgroup$ – Marc Nov 27 '15 at 17:05

First, the answer to the question:

To get rid of shadows in cycles, you can disable Shadow in the Ray Visibility of the object (not the emitter).

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Those are not shadows you are looking at, they are reflections of the object itself.

You've created a very reflective, almost mirror like material.

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Without changing the lights, here's a render using a diffuse shader on the object, the alleged shadows are gone....

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Here's the same scene with a glossy only material, showing the reflections on the glossy sirfaces...

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