jwToon Shaders

Poser Shaders for Comic and Cartoon Artists

Welcome to the jwToon Shaders project. This is where I’ll share the shaders that I create and use in my Poser work. There are plenty of other Toon Shaders around, but I’ve built these to be especially friendly to artists who are using toon shaded renders as a Flat layer for comic illustration. That means that the results right out of the render might not always look great, but if used correctly, they will provide a good base for painting.

Downloads

Toon Shaders Core Pack
This is the core package of shaders and transparency maps. It also includes MAT poses for quickly applying the shaders to Daz3d’s Aiko and Hiro characters. The .1 update is only an update to the readme.

V3 & M3 Add-On
Adds MAT poses for V3 and M3–skin, eyes, and eyelashes. The cel shaders aren’t too impressive with these characters, but the flats will come in handy (for me, at least!). For eye textures to work, make sure to install the core pack.

V4 Add-On
Adds MAT poses and image maps for Daz’s V4–skin, eyes, and eyelashes. It seems like V4 makes a better toon than V3 did.

Liltsure Hair Add-On
Adds transparency map and MAT poses for Aery Soul’s Liltsure hair.

F202 Add-On
MDP’s F202 Dollie looks outstanding with these materials. This pack contains MAT poses for skin, hair, and clothing that comes with this free figure.

Use and Distribution
These packages are provided with no restrictions on usage and distribution with one exception: Shaders, transparency maps, MAT poses, and thumbnails may not be sold–neither as provided or with modifications. You may use freely in your own personal or commercial renders, modify, and/or redistribute.

Instructions

To apply the shaders, go to the material room, select a material in your scene, and browse to the “JwToon” folder in the material menu at screen right. The materials appear in 3 categories:

  • Cel Shaded: Traditional 2-Tone Cartoon Shaders
  • Flat: 1-Tone Shaders, best for comic artists who paint on top of flat colors
  • Mapped: Transparency-mapped shaders for facial features.

The MAT Poses will appear in the Pose library, under the folder JWToon, in a folder named “Aiko & Hiro.” Included are materials for skins (cel shaded and flat), eyes, eyelashes, and the characters’ hair.

I recommend rendering with the Poser4 render engine. If you’ll be overpainting, you may want to turn off anti-aliasing and render at a large pixel size.

Compatibility

Created using Poser6 on a Windows machine. They are also known to work with Poser5, although the MAT poses generate a version alert. Click OK on the alert box to proceed, and everything works without errors (thanks for the info, PhilW).

The materials have been reported to work fine with Poser 7 and Macintosh machines.

Not compatible with Poser4.

Next Steps

I have this Anime Doll sitting in my runtime. Been meaning to see what I can do with her…

Contact

Contact me by commenting here, or by email at art@joe-w.com.

22 Comments

  1. Posted February 18, 2007 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    An excellent set! I haven’t done much in toon work, but have been collecting some toon characters, so I look forward to working with these. Thanks for your generosity!

  2. Daniel
    Posted February 18, 2007 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much! I love this style of artwork!

  3. PhilW
    Posted February 19, 2007 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Hi JW,

    Many thanks for these – not my normal personal style, although I greatly admire your work in it! I have downloaded the shaders and done a quick test in P5. It all seems to work OK, except that you get a warning message about “later version than expected”, just click OK and it seems to be fine.

    I can mail you the test render if you let me have your email address.

    Keep up the excellent work! Phil

  4. jwebster45206
    Posted February 19, 2007 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Hey, thanks for the comments! I’m working on the V3 and M3 mats, and the 2-toned renders aren’t as smooth. I think it’s because the meshes are too bumpy. The cel shaders seem to work better with simple meshes–F202 is the best I’ve seen. But really the cel shaders are just a bonus. I highly recommend learning to paint on top of flats.

    A word on lighting for the cel MATs: Make the light areas really bright, dark areas really dark in preview. This makes it easier to predict the render.

    Thanks, PhilW, for the P5 test. I’ll follow up with you for some more details.

  5. Jessica
    Posted February 19, 2007 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    nice been searching for something like this thank you

  6. Posted February 21, 2007 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    thanks, cheers

  7. Jessika
    Posted February 21, 2007 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    I was loking for anime renders for some time, so you’re like a life saverTT_TT.

    Thanks and be sure that i will appreciate your hardwork making those shaders and thanks for sharing. :hug:

  8. Shinner
    Posted February 22, 2007 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Great addition for poser

  9. Posted February 27, 2007 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    They look great, I can’t wait to give them a try – thanks!

  10. garder
    Posted April 26, 2007 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks!
    They look very interesting. I will give them a try and come back later.

  11. Posted June 8, 2007 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    These are great. I’m going to try them out on some comic art.

  12. philip9000
    Posted July 12, 2007 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Great shaders. Keep them coming. Any thoughts on sharing a quick and dirty tutorial on how you put them together?

  13. jaki
    Posted July 16, 2007 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    how i’d love to see these for D|S! i can use them a bit but they don’t work as well as they would in Poser.

  14. sareti
    Posted July 19, 2007 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Joe, i am not good in english, so is possible i have a tutorial of Poser 5 in portuguese? Thanks, i´m your fã in Renderosity.

  15. Posted October 6, 2007 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing!

  16. satria
    Posted November 18, 2007 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Cool !!!! Il luv both… your shaders and works !!!! Rocks

  17. Llancalot
    Posted January 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Great tool! Just to know… are you plannyng something for Terai Yuki?

    Greetings

  18. jwebster45206
    Posted January 6, 2008 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Hi Llancalot,
    Thanks for stopping in! Probably not going to do MAT poses for that character. The look works best with simple, toony meshes. NearMe is a possibility, and I’m way overdue to deliver an Anime Doll pack.

  19. Posted October 16, 2008 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    can’t wait to try these out thank you so much

  20. Posted April 1, 2009 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Really nice, i’ve seen there are the mat pose, but can i use it in DAZ|Studio? Thank you.

  21. Posted April 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Nice job !
    Really good work, next step… somethig to clothify them ? :)

  22. Posted April 16, 2009 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Stupid that i am !
    A long night to understand but i got it !

    Really cute job !

    Plusssssss !