Contour Rendering - Node Setup Staff Pick

  • August 25, 2012
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: danikreuter
  • License: CC-0
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This is a node-setup which will generate you contours from the normal and Z pass of a render. Contours will appear at sharp edges and at differences in the Z channel ( for example where an object ends).


  • monteiro profile picture

    thank you :)

    Written August 25, 2012
  • formfollowsfunction profile picture

    Great shader! Thanks!

    Written August 25, 2012
  • Issanou profile picture

    Thank you. Very good job, I like you tutorial to !

    Written August 25, 2012
  • Atom profile picture

    Nice setup, it works.

    It is not a Cycles shader, it is just a node setup for post processing an image. This means you can use it with Blender Internal as well.

    Edited August 25, 2012
  • B.Y.O.B. profile picture


    Written August 26, 2012
  • alecfara profile picture

    cool :)

    Written August 26, 2012
  • utas profile picture


    Written August 27, 2012
  • easy-bios profile picture

    Inspired by this one: ?

    Written August 28, 2012
  • danikreuter profile picture

    no... I didn't know about it^^

    Written August 28, 2012
  • karo861 profile picture

    Great technique! Very skillful at using nodes.Thank you for sharing. Loved the tutorial too...

    Written August 31, 2012
  • V--R profile picture

    First I stumble upon the tutorial for this. And now I stumble upon this file. Either I'm good at stumbling. Or I really need to get to work on my own contours xD.

    Edited September 20, 2012
  • dash_slash profile picture

    Thanks..wonderful node setup

    Written October 09, 2012
  • rlocatelli profile picture

    Thanks! About the file you offer here for download I wonder how you was able to handwrite on the Graph Editor window. It is very useful for classrooms...

    Written November 04, 2012
  • rlocatelli profile picture

    Hmm, I discover you used a tool named GPencil. I'll study more of this tool.

    Written November 04, 2012
  • antenad profile picture

    Great. Thanks :).

    Written February 24, 2013
  • 3Dlaria profile picture

    very useful, thanks!

    Written March 24, 2013
  • FayZee profile picture

    Thanks for sharing, Daniel, it's been exceptionally useful :-)

    This is quite a complex set-up for a nodes beginner like me and I don't understand how to use it. I watched your tutorial at but did not know enough to be able to follow it, despite trying to make a transcript. I need a really ABC simple tutorial.

    Through experimenting I managed to alter the background colour to pure white. But that was all I have been able to do so far. I can't even make it work with my own camera.

    However, it gives me such good results that I have been appending all my models to a copy of your blend file.

    If I try to move your camera to where my appended models are, the render doesn't work. So I have to move my models to where the camera is! Despite moving the camera focus empty around.

    However, the results are so worth it.

    Thanks again.

    Written April 11, 2013
  • InGaN profile picture

    Thank you!

    For a gorgeous ink shader effect, try changing the Factor on the Difference node in the "Frame" part.

    Written January 26, 2017
  • gastricsparrow profile picture

    Very impressive and helpful. Thanks!

    Written July 30, 2017
  • MouseAlone profile picture

    thx......AGAIN.......BTW u can use skin modifiers while making basic case u didnt knew bout it

    Written February 17, 2019
  • kim profile picture

    thank you ! ^^

    Written January 28, 2021