MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Sometimes photoreal is too real. Artists need options, clients want choices, and ideas rarely fit under one umbrella. Today, freedom can be found in Luxology ’s NPR Kit for modo – a non-photorealistic rendering package that allows expressive, hand-drawn looks and animations to be achieved in 3D renderings. With this new all-in-one kit, modo 601  users will now be able to access classic art styles when rendering anything from product visualizations to anime and fine art.
“Pushing the boundaries of 3D rendering back to a traditional look delivers an organic feel that resonates with people,” said Yazan Malkosh, beta tester and founder of 9b Studios. “The NPR Kit cleverly juxtaposes the 3D medium with a 2D look, so you can show your audience something that is both new and familiar."
With material options for ‘toon’ shading, stippling, halftones, and edge rendering, the NPR Kit is the quickest path to unique representations of architecture, products and characters in modo. And since the NPR Kit can mimic traditional styles like blueprints, sketches and chalk drawings, it is a valuable resource for technical illustration, where edges and other important features are emphasized at the expense of detailed visual accuracy. Or on cartoon productions, where solid colors and strong lines are used to convey emotion.
The eight shaders included in the NPR Kit offer a high degree of artistic control, as exemplified by the SketchTone shader, which uses hand-sketched hatching examples to map an artist’s personal drawing style to any 3D surface. High priority strokes appear even where there is little shading; while lower priority strokes are filled in later, as the shading grows darker. This technique not only reproduces the hand-drawn quality of the strokes used, but also the artist's own interpretation of the surface.
The NPR Kit also includes pre-built materials, still and animated backgrounds, sample NPR scenes, Sketchmaps, and tutorials.
“The NPR Kit brings familiar 2D styles back to the table,” said Bob Bennett, VP of Marketing for Luxology. “The ability to emphasize the edge, color and pattern details of 3D models with a range of traditional looks really extends the creative options for modo designers and artists."
The NPR Kit is available immediately for use with modo 601 on both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems for a suggested retail price of $199. The NPR Kit is currently offered for $149 for a limited time and can be purchased thru authorized Luxology resellers or on Luxology’s website at: www.luxology.com/store/NPR/ .