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How to Hide a Light-Emitting Object While Retaining the Emitted Light in Blender

Featured image for a blog post showing two versions of Blender's Suzanne the monkey. In the left of this image, a smaller head has a visible light source, while the larger head on the right conceals the light source. The title "HIDE LIGHT EMITTER" is shown at the bottom.
How to Hide a Light Emitter in Blender

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to hide a light emission object while retaining its emitted light in Blender. We’ll create an invisible light emitter mesh object.

Steps to follow to hide a light-emitting object in Blender

How to Hide a Light Emitter Object and Keep the Light in Blender
How to Hide a Light Emitter Object and Keep the Light in Blender
  • Select the light-emitting object and go to the Object Properties panel.
  • Under Object Properties, go to the “Visibility” section.
  • Within the Visibility section, locate “Ray Visibility.”
  • Under Ray Visibility, uncheck the box next to “Camera.”
  • Now your light-emitting object is hidden while still emitting light.

The Video Tutorial

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How to Hide a Light Emitting Object While Retaining the Emitted Light in Blender

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