Manga Style Shaders: In Progress [COMMERCIAL]
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Oh would you look at that, the forums are back online. At last I can tell you guys about my latest project, MANGA SHADERS FOR DAZ STUDIO 4!
Now thing is, i've already posted most of my progress over at my Tumblr, so rather than repost all of the images here, here is a link to all of the Manga Style Shader posts on my Tumblr.
Now allow me to summarise. Manga Style is a shader for Daz Studio 4 that takes the lighting and texture information of a model, and generates a dynamic screentone pattern, similar to what is used in many black and white comic books (such as Japanese manga). The screentone effect is completely flat (like true screentone), and can be customised widely. Not only do you have the ability to scale the screentone effect via the tiling values, but the screentone effect itself is based on a black and white image file. You can use any pattern you like, allowing you to mimic various different comic shading styles; round dot, diamond, perfect lines, sketchy lines, cross hatching, scribbles, and more. On top of all that, you also have ink outlines that can change width depending on the lighting.
Attached is an example render of BelBel and Koroko using the current iteration of the Manga Style Shader. From now on, i'll be posting my progress here on the Daz Studio forums so that I can get your feedback. :)
EDIT: Ok, apparently large image attachments don't resize to fit the forum's width like they do on other websites, and using html to display an image doesn't work on the new forums (you used to be able to do this on the older forums), so have a severely resized image instead. For the original size, go here: http://i.imgur.com/nVRRU.jpg