View Full Version : Rendering with a touch of cartoon?

09 September 2004, 03:36 PM

I was wondering, is there a possibility to render in a cartoonish style?
I would like the output/final result to compare (more or less) with Futurama, Simpsons, Family Guy etc.

If so, then my next question would be following;
Would it be a specialised use of shaders or is it a global-rendering settings?

Appriciate all the help I could get.

Kind regards,
Martin fl0w Iwanowski

09 September 2004, 03:03 PM
theres numerous shaders on that all output a toon style of shading and another one that were recently uploaded called gooch. Just found the link on this site:

quite a nice shader and I'm sure they're all tune-able to some degree. Have a fiddle :)


09 September 2004, 03:39 AM
At "Display Render Globals", at Using Render: select "Maya Vector" and there just play with the options... and check this link:



09 September 2004, 03:59 AM
Those are true, but it might be worthwhile to mention that the vector renderer is extremely slow, and the shaders on Highend give :hmm: :) :banghead: kinds of results some times. Another one for you to check out would be the use contour shader in MR. It's :cool: .

09 September 2004, 08:26 AM
check this out.... (

09 September 2004, 06:59 PM
Well I tried I got the trial version, but have no idea how to work it out. Does anyone know how to do it? Their website is really bad. No help or support what so ever. :bounce:


10 October 2004, 01:12 PM
from the cartoonShader menu at the top, choose create > choose what u want here.
then from hypershade select the material u just created, right click graph network. then select the shader right mouseclick assign to selection.

then just tweak away to get the look u want.

10 October 2004, 04:13 PM
There are many methods to produce cartoon style in Maya and each one gives a diffrent result from the other method so you must follow trial abd error approach to achive the result wanted.
One of the easiest method is to attach a RAMP Shader to your geometry then go to attribute editor and change Color Input from LIGHT ANGLE to BRIGHTNESS. and you can control the levels of color from thr ramp.
Another method is attaching a surface shader and enabling contour in MR render globals and from the your SGnode of the surace shader go to mentalray tab and enbale Contours and attach a contour shader.
The last method I know is by using a shader called NPRS ( stands for non-photorealistic render ) and It is pretty good.
So try them and good luck

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