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3D Anime Render Technique Comparison
3D Anime Render Technique Comparison

When attempting to create 3D renders that mimic the artistic style that is so typical in Japanese anime, there are many choices to make.  The primary choice is whether to go the photorealistic path or the cel-shaded path, but this not as simple of a choice as it sounds.  There are many options available for cel-shading as well as how you can combine cel-shading and photorealism.  I have created some comparison renders in Carrara 8 using Toon! Pro, a popular cel-shading plugin.  These renders demonstrate four different ways to render the same scene, each having its own appeal and being a viable option: