How to Use Sketch & Toon in Cinema 4D

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How to Use Sketch & Toon in Cinema 4D
Use the Sketch and Toon function to create your own cartoons. (baby girl cartoon image by Edyta Anna Grabowska from

Cinema 4D is a 3-D modelling, image rendering and animation application offered by the Maxon corporation. It is equipped with many of the same tools, features and functions you might find in similar high-end applications like Maya, Lightwave or 3DS Max. Although Cinema 4D is often used to create animation or motion graphics titles, it can also be used to create graphics for print documents. One of the more interesting approaches when doing this is to use the Sketch and Toon function. Sketch and Toon allows you to render models that look like flat, 2-D drawings or sketches. The process for doing this in Cinema 4D is both quick and simple.

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  1. 1

    Open Cinema 4D. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialogue that appears, locate a model you would like to render using Sketch and Toon and open it.

  2. 2

    Go to the Materials panel at the bottom. Select "File" and choose "Sketch." Drag this material onto the model listed in the Objects panel on the upper right.

  3. 3

    Go to the "Sketch Style Tag" properties on the lower right and click on the "Line" tab. Choose the thickness you want for the outline.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Shading" tab. Change the "Model" setting to "Gradient" and click on the "Colorize" check box. Adjust the "Gradient" and "Color" sliders to your liking. Click "Render Active View" button at the top. If you don't like the result, change the settings and try again. Save your work.

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