Last night GOD asked me to figure out toon-shading in Cycles. Thankfully, HE never asks us to do something without helping us to do it! :D
For about two hours I struggled to get rid of the smoothness that the background made and I looked online and I just could not find any information that was helpful. Only turning it off last night actually helped, but I need the background. Adding a sphere is not gonna work in every situation and this morning, HE gave me the solution, which is what I almost start with and that is Ray Visibility.
I did a small speed test with Blender Render and Cycles Render after editing the tutorial and I found that:
- Blender Render: 00:07.13 to render (that is CPU, 256x256, includes freestyle and no compositing)
- Blender Render: 00:09.62 to render (that is CPU, 16x16, includes freestyle and no compositing)
- Cycles Render: 00:07.48 to render (that is CPU, 16x16, includes Freestyle and no compositing)
- Cycles Render: 00:06.84 to render (that is GPU, 256x256, includes Freestyle and no compositing)
- Cycles Render: 00:07.22 to render (that is CPU, 256x256, includes freestyle and no compositing)
Conclusion is that it is faster to do toon shading with the GPU on Cycles.
- The resulting image is not the same toon-ness
- Blender Render gives you more control over specularity, lighting and colors.
- GPU crashes if your scene is very big.
Based on the tests and the buts, I think it is safe to say that Blender Render is, atm, the leading engine in Blender for toon shading.
Oh, the Thomas Dinges quote from Blender Guru can be found here:
(very helpful article to speed up your work in Cycles)
I used a character I made for another project as an example in this one. He was made using Make Human and of course edited in Blender quite extensively. I am super thankful that I don't have to do characters from scratch... wow...
Check out Make Human here:
Check out Blender:
Biggest thanx to GOD for helping me with this. Without HIM, none of this would be possible! :D
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"JESUS, I believe that YOU are real and I believe YOU died for me and was raised on the third day for me. Please forgive me for my many sins. I make YOU the LORD of my life, full time and to fill me with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. Teach me how to live for YOU, help me become what YOU have made me to be, in JESUS' Name! Amen!"
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