How to Render Toons in Cinema 4D

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How to Render Toons in Cinema 4D
Even poseable 3D models like this cat can be rendered as cartoons using Cinema 4D. (raccoon toon image by Paul Moore from

Animation is dominated by the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI). The 3D models used in these animations are amazingly versatile and make the job of animation much easier. However, when it comes to creating still images for illustrations, printed cartoons or comics, 3D techniques have been less successful. With the introduction of Cinema 4D's Sketch and Toon utility, it's possible to render any textured model as a basic toon image that resembles the 2D cartoon images seen in comic books and comic strips.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open Cinema 4D. Select "File" from the task bar at the top of your screen and choose "Open." In the dialogue box that appears, locate a file with a model you'd like to render as a toon and open it.

  2. 2

    Go to the "Materials Manager" on the lower left and click on "File." From the options, choose "Sketch Material."

  3. 3

    Drag this material onto each of the material surfaces on the model. You'll see the material is listed next to each part in the "Object" tree on the upper right.

  4. 4

    Select "Render" from the menu and choose "Render Settings." In the dialogue box that appears, choose the "Effects" tab.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Sketch and Toon" effect to activate it. If any other effects are clicked on, turn them off. Close the dialogue box.

  6. 6

    Click on the "Render Active View" to render the toon image.

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