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Blender 2.5 Freestyle Integration Update


freestyle-npr-renderer-nakeyta_1The Freestyle Branch of Blender 2.5 has the Non Photo Realistic (NPR) renderer Freestyle built in. Freestyle allows you to render images in cartoon, brush-stroke, charcoal or any other style. The Freestyle integration blog offers regular updates on the state of development, and also some nice examples of the capabilities.

From the Freestyle integration blog:

Since the last blog update, the dev team worked on internal improvements concerning the interface between Blender 2.5 and Freestyle. The context issue reported in the last blog post was partially addressed, and now the branch is capable of .blend files having multiple scenes. Freestyle module parameters can be independently specified for each scene. The compositor should work with multiple Freestyle-based scenes as expected.

The remaining context issue is the question of how to provide style modules with a way of accessing the current scene being rendered. We have been contacting core Blender developers to discuss the most appropriate extension of the Freestyle Python API design.

The render of the week is a set of images offerred by Nakeyta Schulz. Precise models, approximate ambient occlusion (AAO) and strokes with Freestyle all together result in a very descriptive appearance. Node-based hatching and “fake” tone are also nice additions.


About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Is it already built-in the recent version of 2.50 64bit? I seem to miss it in my rendersettings, although you claim here:
    'Blender 2.5 has the Non Photo Realistic (NPC) renderer Freestyle built in.'

  2. Francisco Ortiz on

    Hello guys! I think the wordpress system inside Freestyle blog is broken. I already checked my mailbox and spam folder and nothing!

    Suggestion to Freestyle guys: Bart linked the project better! Don't forget to underline the word "branch" to reach a larger audience, and give a link to it. Please review your comment system! Thank you! You rock! Thank you to Nakeyta to!

  3. Looks to me I've picked the right week to take off work!

    Thanks for the post Bart, I'll look out some aspirin for you if you want ;)


  4. Crap, their site is down. That would definitely be one to add to the rss feeds.

    Might I give a plug to wordpress supercache? I think the site would survive if such a caching system were in place.

    Anyway, I'll check back later. I'm definitely looking forward to this.

  5. Ehr, how does it work/I ticked 'freestyle' in render settings but the render result has not changed?! (PS the blog is still offline)

  6. @Rchv
    checking the 'freestyle' button in the 'post-proccessing' section of the render settings only enables the feature. to configure it, go to the 'layers' section. Make sure 'Freesty' is marked, it allows rendering the strokes into the layer you use; and makes all the freestyle-stuff visible in the UI. You have to add a style-module like a modifier. well that´s it. can´t tell you more cause i just figured it out myself and i´m just going to play around with that thing. really cool feature anyway!

  7. Thank you Satoshi for info and tksg for the build. The page was all in japanese but luckily the most important word Download was in English :) So I am downloading it right now.

    PS:It crashes before even opening a window. I tried also to launch it from command line and it said:
    LSOpenFromURLSpec() failed with error -10810 for the file ...

  8. Dyld Error Message:
    Library not loaded: /opt/local/lib/libjpeg.62.dylib
    Referenced from: /Users/me/Downloads/
    Reason: image not found

    Even with last build on your website

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