The Background Render Element stores an image of the texture used in the background behind geometry in a scene as seen from the camera. Geometry that blocks the background image renders as black.

This render element interprets a background texture from render settings Environment as the background; other types of manually created backgrounds, such as a plane mapped with a texture set outside a window, is not interpreted to be the “background” for this render element.

Common Uses

The Background Render Element is primarily used for layering the Beauty element (or combined render elements) on top of the background image.

Beauty Render Element without Background Render Element

Background Render Element

Alpha Render Element

Beauty element with Background Render Element

Beauty element with Background Render Element and background colors tinted in composite