The Shadow Render Element works as a reverse mask for shadows. Shadows can be lightened in the composite by adding this render element, or darkened by subtracting this render pass from the final composite.

The V-Ray Shadow render element is the product of multiplying the V-Ray Raw Shadow Render Element with the V-Ray Diffuse Render Element in the composite.

The Shadow Render Element is useful for changing the appearance of shadowed areas in a compositing or image editing application. Below are examples of possible uses.

Shadow Render Element

Original Beauty Composite

Shadows lightened in composite using the Shadow Render Element

Shadows darkened in composite using the Shadow Render Element

Compositing Formula

V-Ray Raw Shadow x V-Ray Diffuse = V-Ray Shadow