When I try to bake a texture in Cycles, the baked texture is completely black, however it looks fine on the Render Preview. I have tried recalculating normals, but it didn´t fix the issue. I have no idea what else to do. Here I have the .blend file: http://pasteall.org/blend/index.php?id=48466

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    $\begingroup$ Can you show here something else in addition to the file? Like baking options, material settings.. As without downloading your file the question is asking for nothing (and as you uploaded file to pastell link will be invalid in 5 months). $\endgroup$ – Mr Zak Dec 3 '17 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ Direct, Indirect and Color are enabled in Baking settings, bake type is Diffuse. Here are the nodes for the main material: i.imgur.com/r6pSOcz.png. And the nodes for the second material:i.imgur.com/D3txbqA.png $\endgroup$ – Magnus Dec 3 '17 at 20:51
  • $\begingroup$ I just checked your file and the black texture is never used in the material that is on the object, that is why everything is looking fine when rendered. If you select the texture in the material on the object is shows up black as expected. $\endgroup$ – Brenticus Dec 3 '17 at 20:53
  • $\begingroup$ Hard to tell if is related but Image Texture with texture to baked to has to be selected in order to receive bake. "Direct, Indirect" means shadows will be taken into account when baking thus making it depending on lighting in scene $\endgroup$ – Mr Zak Dec 3 '17 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ I have the image texture to bake selected, but it still renders to black. $\endgroup$ – Magnus Dec 4 '17 at 23:16

It turned out that I tried to render Diffuse, but the Principled shader does not render diffuse. Rendering Glossy worked.

  • $\begingroup$ The Principled shader will render for a Combined bake that includes Diffuse. I just ran into a similar problem, in my case, the Principled shader bakes wouldn't work for a metallic material. The bake worked fine when i switched to a material based on diffuse and glossy shaders. But i have used the principled shader for bakes just fine when the metallic field was at 0. $\endgroup$ – kim holder Jan 18 '18 at 22:59
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe it bakes differently depending on the metallic field? $\endgroup$ – Magnus Jan 19 '18 at 23:49
  • $\begingroup$ As it happens, i put on a Blender Guru video while waiting for something to bake, one about PBR metal materials. He says metallic materials are all glossy, they have no diffuse element. So, after this bake, which won't end until tomorrow, i'm going to test one of the metal bits in my scene, baking it with a full combined bake. I have been excluding glossy. $\endgroup$ – kim holder Jan 20 '18 at 1:04
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, once i did that it worked fine. If the material is metallic, the principled shader requires that glossy is part of the bake. $\endgroup$ – kim holder Jan 23 '18 at 16:37
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! Thank you! I've been hitting this black bake issue for literally 8 hours. Now the sweetness of success and relief. $\endgroup$ – Fiddy Bux Jul 30 at 23:03

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