Add an illustrated look to your iClone renders

Oct 05, 2022 at 04:15 am by nemirc

Add an illustrated look to your iClone renders
Add an illustrated look to your iClone renders

Previously, I wrote an article exploring iClone’s rendering, and one of the things I looked at was the cartoon shader. This time I will show the way I used to make a 2d illustration kind of image, from a 3D rendering. I am using this image as promo material for Just Let Me Go, because I didn’t want to use a full 3d image, since those don’t look too good for promo material (image capsules, splash images, etc.).

If I turn on the cartoon rendering and tweak the values a little, this is what I get. As you can see, all the shadows go away and I get a somewhat flat image, as if the spot light was replaced by a directional light.

That’s not the effect I want at all. I decided to take a 3d route instead, and turn that into some 3d/2d hybrid.

The first thing I did was render a regular 3d image, without post-processing (no filters and such).

I send that image to photoshop and then I make a copy of that layer. Then, with the copy selected, open the filter gallery and select Poster Edges. Set the values to 0 for Edge Thickness and Edge Intensity, and 2 for Posterization.

Then change that layer’s blending mode to Overlay, with an opacity of 33%. You will get something like what you see below.

It looks pretty good, but it could look better. You can make a copy of that posterized layer and change the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Add), with an opacity of 29%, and you’ll get this. With this, the image gets a more visible “toon” effect, and more saturated colors.

Of course, you can make the effect more intense if you increase the opacity of both layers. For example, this is what you get if you increase their opacity to 88%

You can try other effects to change the look of the image, but this is a good start. I hope you found this useful.

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