The Refraction Render Element stores refraction information calculated from materials–such as glass or water–that refract objects behind them in the camera’s view. This means the brightness, coloration, etc. of the refractions can be adjusted without the need to rerender.

Any material in a scene that has a value set for its Refraction parameter will generate refraction information that can be seen in this render element. A surface with no refraction values set in its material(s) will contain no information in the render element and therefore render black.

The Refraction Render Element is a key component in the main Beauty Element and can easily be used to control the refractions in the Beauty composite.

The Refraction Render Element itself is already a composite of the V-Ray Raw Refraction render element multiplied by the V-Ray Refraction Filter render element. When finer control over refractions is needed in the composite, add these additional two channels to the output along with the V-Ray Refraction render element channel.

The Refraction Render Element is useful for changing the appearance of refractive elements after rendering in a compositing or image editing application. Below are a couple of examples of possible uses.

Refraction Render Element

Original Beauty Composite

Brightened Refractions

Tinted Refractions

Compositing Formula

V-Ray Raw Refraction x V-Ray Refraction Filter = V-Ray Refraction