The Matte Shadows Render Element shows areas where light doesn’t reach. Compare with the Raw Shadow Render Element, which gives areas of cast shadows. While technically not part of the Beauty render elements, the Matte Shadow Render Element can be used to lighten cast shadows by adding it to the Raw Light Render Element. It can also be used to assist in adding 3D elements to a background image or footage in the composite.

The Matte Shadows Render Element is useful for changing the appearance of shadowed areas in compositing or image editing software. Below are examples of its use.

Matte Shadows Render Element

Original Beauty Composite

Shadows lightened by adding to the
Raw Light Render Element in composite

Shadows warmed by combining a color-corrected Matte Shadow
added to the Raw Light Render Element

Underlying Compositing Formula