I have applied a gold material to a plate in cycles… The gold and the plate show up fine in the viewport/render view…but when I render it… the gold doesnt show…and the plate has a different shape aswell. Not sure how this is possible…(view, select and render options are enabled in outliner).
Please ALWAYS supply an example .blend file with any support question.
Since you leave us no choice but guessing blindly, here’s my try: Do you by any chance have some kind of placeholder object in that scene, which is set to be invisible in the viewport but still has renderability enabled?
I feel like such an idiot
You were right with your guess…
and sorry, i will include the blend file from now on…