My environment and render settings all seem normal, and when I go into rendered mode(Shift+Z or preview mode dropdown menu) it looks fine and lights the scene normally, but when I do a test render of the final frame, the environment disappears and doesn't light the scene or show up in reflections. I thought it might be my compositing setup somehow, but it looks like that while it's still doing the initial render, and I tried just plugging the rendered image into the final image slot to test it and it still looks the same.


preview and render settings part 1

part 2

render and environment settings

compositing and camera settings

  • $\begingroup$ You probably excluded environment from the current render layer. $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Jan 26 '18 at 18:54
  • $\begingroup$ In what setting? $\endgroup$ – Jackson Roberts Jan 26 '18 at 20:20

Enable Environment in your render layers:

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set film to transparent:

Composite over the background using alpha over:

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  • $\begingroup$ The environment pass still renders as black, and still doesn't light the scene. $\endgroup$ – Jackson Roberts Jan 26 '18 at 20:08

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