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Tutorial: Cel Shading in Maya with Christophe Desse

Monday, May 17th, 2010 | Posted by Leonard Teo

We’re very fortunate to have Christophe Desse, who is working at Naughty Dog in Santa Monica, stop by Gnomon to create a tutorial on Cel Shading in Maya.

Stop by Christophe Desse’s website at for more of his artwork, free models and more.

Part 1: Christophe leads us through how to achieve the cel shaded look for a character without using mental ray.

Part 2: How to set up the model and shaders to achieve the cel-shaded look.

Part 3: Finishing touches on renders from Maya using Photoshop

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  • Great tutorial&workflow. : ) I remember xtrm3d from way back in my noobish days in `04 I think, I was following hes toon character modelling tutorial for modo, fun times.
    Nice to see that hes at Naughty Dog nowdays!
    btw, xtrm3d if youre reading this, come back to lux forums! = D I haven seen you posting there in ages!

  • Lans

    can we have the same result on Max?

  • Hi, this is very good tutorial. I learnt the outliner toon shader. This is very cool feature of Maya. And then you can combine toon and normal shader. You can make two movie with outline and toon then you can mix’em together. Really cool. Regards. Sertac.

  • Steve

    I want all my tutorials voiced as him – so funny.

  • flowrez

    Wow! the sketchy lines are great .. Does any one know if there is anything similar for 3ds max?

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  • Michael lawless

    Hi, did anyone find a link for the base mesh?? Thanks

  • jon

    Cool tutorial. I wanted to see how to render the pyro like the one depicted in the tutorial banner though… are there any tutorials for that?

  • Great tutorial! accent is great. whoever doesn’t appreciate a french-english accent has no taste.

    cool stuff Chris.

  • Shame you didn’t show how maya can render the layers for you in a single psd file. Even do the composite in the preview. And you can use material override so you dont need to copy the geometry.
    Also,… CS4 can load the (layered) psd as a sequence that can be edited as good as in AE. And be exported to an anim.
    Anyway. Thanks for the hard work of showing us.

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  • Cyrus

    Anyone knows here I can find this model? All the links are dead.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Ilyes

    Merci !
    (oui j’ai entendu un petit (oh non pas celle là ! :p )

  • prashant

    cant see any videos please help….

  • Guest

    Where’s the video?????

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