I am unable to find the lighting option that would turn off the ambient lighting after turing off all lightings in the scene while using Blender Cycles. What I mean is, if I turn off all the lights in a scene, the scene is still not completely dark - there seem to be still some ambient light.

Is there any way to turn this ambient light off so that it does not affect my lighting setup?

PS: I have noticed that if I use a HDR background for lighting and then disconnent the node from the world output - the scene becomes completely dark.

ambeint light after turning all lights off

  • $\begingroup$ Play with the settings in the world tab. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 19:04

1 Answer 1


In Cycles, the Background is emitting light. This will affect all objects, which receive light.
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In order for the ojects to not receive additional light, do one of the following.

  • Set the background color to black (0, 0, 0).
  • [or] Set the strength property of the Background BSDF to 0.0.
  • [and] Disable Ambient Occlusion.

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If you don't want your background to appear black, the following node setup restricts the backgrounds visibility to camera rays.
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You can also restrict the visibility of the background with the cycles settings. Uncheck everything except Camera under Ray Visibility and the background emit no light except to the camera.

  • $\begingroup$ This is exactly I have been looking for.I would have come back for the camera settings ! Thank you for posting it even before asking! :) One more thing, how do you record screen cast GIF like you posted? $\endgroup$
    – saicode
    Commented Nov 7, 2016 at 2:31
  • $\begingroup$ meta.blender.stackexchange.com/a/964/30849 $\endgroup$
    – Leander
    Commented Nov 7, 2016 at 6:25

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