Render wireframes tip

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Render wireframes tip

Post by Pancho » 11 Apr 2014, 12:04

Just needed to do the very same. Came across some horrible tips on the web, till my brain started to work.

Start (screen) capture (that's hidden in the camera icon menu in each viewport) > enable open gl anti-aliasing > specify the frame and resolution > OK

I use a resolution way aboce the render resolution usually. In Photoshop with a few filters you are able to change the thickness of the wire.

That's it. Nothing special, but judging from all the workflows on the web for this issue, this might come in handy.


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Re: Render wireframes tip

Post by SpookyMunky » 12 Apr 2014, 06:27

Nice advice, to add to this I would recommend the damn cool UV mapping per face addon.. ... =10&t=1643

Just make a simple tex like white middle, black outline in photoshop then map that to every poly... create a new pass and select background objects, give it a new constant material with this tex.

Another tip I guess is if you have uv mapped your object then use uv stamp or so to get nice high res output and set the resulting stamp as a mask on a layer in PS, use layer filters to adjust line width / add drop shadow with a distance setting of 0 for nice falloff etc.

You can get nice tron kinda effects like this ? :) .. dunno.. once you have the wire as a texture there is alot of fun to be had in my mind :) ... er/UVstamp

Edit: nother maybe addon to your tip, what I used to do before finding texture ways of wireframe: create a new pass and set background to white, background objects partition give a constant white material.. that way your output (of black outlines) will only ever have to be added as a multiply in ps / ae etc and you can adjust how heavy you want to mix it over your beauty pass.

Edit2: One of the benefits of having a texture based wireframe instead of post is actually being able to do cool things like hmm wipe an overlay of it from one side to other / spherical gradient of it... a la assassins creed..... that and you can use it as bump / so hehe.. play around :)

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Re: Render wireframes tip

Post by Hirazi Blue » 12 Apr 2014, 11:09

Although it might seem clunky to some, I always had very good results (and more than enough control)
with rray's MRGeoinformation/WireD combo (available at - where else?)

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Re: Render wireframes tip

Post by NNois » 14 Apr 2014, 13:14

nobody's using ba wireframe ?