I've tried numerous answers on this forum and tutorials, but for some reason I can't get this light to hide properly and still perform a glow effect. What I need is for the light (highlighted with a green rectangle) to hide properly, but still allow the blur and glare effect to show in the foreground.

Here is a screenshot of the node setup in the compositor:

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And here is a screenshot of the issue:

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EDIT: my attempt at LukeD's answer for reference.

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  • $\begingroup$ Check my fresh answer from here: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/88584/… $\endgroup$ – cgslav Aug 22 '17 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @LukeD! However, I wasn't able to achieve that effect. I've posted my revised node setup based on your solution. Could you tell me where I went wrong? $\endgroup$ – lakerice Aug 22 '17 at 14:39

First method (recommended):

This one is pretty simple, you can use Z-Depth value to 'hide' layer (yellow) behind mesh.


Second method (with manual Glare control):

If you for some reason would like to hide Glare effect from the front part of the mesh you could use Mask and manually place it on your image.


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    $\begingroup$ That did it! The first method was exactly what I was trying to achieve. Thanks again! $\endgroup$ – lakerice Aug 22 '17 at 17:08

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