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Lightning Boy Shader 2.0 - A New Workflow for Stylized Animation


David Forest writes:

Following our popular toon shader tutorial series, we are excited to release the new generation of our Lightning Boy Shader. Rebuilt from the ground up to unlock the full potential of real-time rendering in Eevee / Blender 2.91, this new workflow is designed to free artists from all the technical problem-solving of stylized material design, letting you focus on pure creativity instead. Thanks to dozens of highly-customizable features, a powerful new layer panel, drag-and-drop painterly styles, and an intuitive masking and light-linking system, Lightning Boy Shader 2.0 is a versatile tool which can greatly speed up the texturing, lighting and compositing aspects of making stylized animation, whether you are a novice or an advanced Blender artist.


We are a small team of 3 Canadian filmmakers developing an animated project called Dinomancers, which we hope to turn into an original series. The money we raise selling this shader will all be invested towards achieving this dream and making more tutorials on our YouTube channel. In an effort to continue pushing Blender as the leading platform for NPR creation, we will also be donating 10% of the money raised to Blender NPR to help them fund their new BEER renderer. This fantastic project shares many similarities with our approach and has the potential to take the core ideas of this shader to the next level in the years to come. They deserve all the support and visibility they can get.

Click here to buy the shader.


The shader comes with a complete 25-page user guide explaining all the features and how to get it running. We recommend watching the overview video to learn the basics and see what it can do.


Take note that you need to be using Blender 2.91 for this shader to work.


  1. Privacy issue when trying to purchase on Gumroad:
    full credentials (name, address, etc.) required by this seller.
    Unclear why this is required...

  2. Hi Taurelis! We totally understand your concerns. We would have rather skipped the address field if we could, but legally we need to know where the money is coming from for tax purposes. There's no ill intent!

  3. William Watson on

    I'm new to Blender and the Lightning Boy Shader. I'm very enthusiastic about learning it, but I am a little unsure of how to use a shader like this when you are changing the environment to night time or during rainy weather other than what you show. Would it be possible for you guys to address how to use the shader in a real scene with different lighting conditions from what you've shown? Perhaps this is something you can include in a later tutorial or something?

    • Thank you for the feedback! Yes, showing how to tackle different environments and lighting conditions is something we want to address in future tutorials. Now, doing this kind of NPR style often demands a little more manual adjustment than your typical PBR shader. But our intent with this workflow is really to give maximum control to the artist, so everything is possible!

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