Toon Shading


Toon shading is a non-photorealistic way of depicting lighting effects. While it still shows lighting effects, it does so in a simpler way, often with large areas of flat shaded color. In OctaneRender®, toon shading is controlled by Toon materials and light sources. Toon rendering in OctaneRender consists of two parts: a diffuse part, and a glossy highlight. The amount of detail in the shading is controlled using a Toon Ramp (Figure 2).

Figure 1: Toon rendering consists of a diffuse part and a glossy highlight


Figure 2: The amount of detail in the shading is controlled with a Toon Ramp



Figure 3: The Toon MaterialThe representation of the surface or volume properties of an object. and Toon Ramp nodes can be accessed in the Nodegraph Editor under the MaterialsA set of attributes or parameters that describe surface characteristics. category.


Toon shading uses its own light sources, independent from any Mesh emitters in the scene. This is done because with area lights you can never render sharp boundaries between different colors in the toon shader. Toon lights are not visible in the rendered image. There are two kinds of toon lights: Toon Point light (Figure 4), and Toon Directional light (Figure 5).

Figure 4: Point lights behave similar to small mesh lights


Figure 5: Directional lights behave similar to sunlight


Figure 6: Basic Nodegraph showing the connections of Toon nodes used for Toon rendering


To control shadow color and brightness, go to Kernel Settings and use the Toon Shadowing pin.