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Change things between render layers? [duplicate]

I have two render layers. I want to change some properties, such as object visibility, material settings, etc between these layers. Is there any way for me to do this? I am not looking for a situation ...
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Material that shows only shadows in rendering [duplicate]

In Blender Cycles, can a material be formatted so that, when rendering, it ONLY shows the shadows that were cast upon it by objects? This could be used when using a 360° HDRI as world background, to ...
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Shadow catcher problem? [duplicate]

This image that i'm working on in cycles render is almost done but I stuck at the part of the block behind the cubes. It has a shadow on the white plane. The only thing that's wrong is that I don't ...
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How to make a model cast shadows onto the world texture/background?

In most of my models, I usually end up setting a world background using an HDRI image of some kind or another. This has always been really useful for lighting in general or as a background for my ...
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Render shadow on transparent background with Blender Render [duplicate]

I need to render a model on a transparent background. The models have a light source so they should be casting a shadow on a surface (the XY plane). The purpose for this is to overlay the rendered ...
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How to create an infinite plane in cycles?

I have already found one similar question, however it doesn't correctly address what I am talking about. Please see this, example to know exactly what I'm talking about. I have only found this, and ...
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How to render a scene faster in cycles ?

I have a scene in blender of an office. It has chairs, tables, computers, and so on. I would like to know how I can render this scene faster as I am planning to make animation inside the office and ...
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Why is my Shadow Catcher layer shadow-pass entirely black?

Using the standard layers / compositor setup created with the Setup Tracking Scene button (in Cycles), I've used the second layer 'Background' to build a rough mockup of the street in order to act as ...
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render only the shadows in Cycles

Is it possible to create a matte shadow material in Blender Cycles? For example, both 3DS Max and Maya have a preset material that only renders the shadow on the mesh. It is great for applying to ...
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How do I make a pure white plane that receives shadows?

Basically, I just want a shader for my ground plane that receives shadows but is otherwise pure white. I figured this would just be a simple checkbox or two but it's proving to be more complicated. ...
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Is there anyway to match a sun lamp to the direction of the sun in an environment map?

I'm in the process of building a shadow catcher for a Cycles scene lit with a .jpg Environment Texture (equirectangular) - but it seems that the shadowpass will only work with a lamp in-scene. I'd ...
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How can I render only shadow in Cycles?

I've been trying to render only shadows in Cycles, is that possible? If so, how? For example, when I render a character, I want Cycles to render only the shadow of the character.
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A good way to render objects on a photo background that works also with focus-blurred margins

I'm trying to render with Cycles on a photo background using Blender Guru's compositor nodes: [ Here, the foreground objects are obId=1 and are on layer 1 (rendered in RenderLayer); reconstructed ...
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Transparent shadow catcher under HDRI lighting in Cycles?

This question and its answers give nice ways of creating plane shadow catchers that make the CG objects "interact" with the HDRI world. My question is very similar, but different in the sense that I ...
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Can't get background image to show in cycles render

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjWoglMYXBE I've followed this tutorial to the T and my end result is not showing properly for some reason. Any idea why this could be? I have looked at the numerous ...

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