Thursday, June 6th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Maxon releases Redshift 3.6.02

Maxon has released Redshift 3.6.02, the latest version of the production renderer.

The update extends Redshift’s Non-Photorealistic Rendering system, including Toon Material-specific contributions for all light types, and a new cross-hatching effect.

There are also updates to volume rendering and the Incandescent material.

Updates to Non-Photorealistic Rendering
The new NPR system introduced in Redshift 3.6 last month gets several updates, with all lights now having Toon Material-specific lighting contributions.

Diffuse and reflection contributions can now be set separately to standard materials, and rim lighting can also be set separately for some light types.

The Toon Material itself gets new options to control whether opacity affects reflections or refractions, and how soft the Toon Rim lighting effect appears.

It is also now possible to control whether outlines generated with the Contour shader appear in reflections and refractions, as shown above.

The Tonemap Pattern node gets a new cross-hatching effect on top of the existing halftone, sine wave and grid effects.

Updates to volume rendering and the incandescent material
Other new features include a Volume Padding parameter to expand a volume’s bounding box, avoiding artefacts when applying volume displacement.

The Incandescent shader gets a new Additive Blend option (shown above), suitable for additive particle effects.

Changes specific to individual DCC applications
The Cinema 4D integration now supports a custom Viewport Preview shader, making it possible to control how materials are displayed in the viewport without affecting final renders.

The other integration plugins have been updated to support the current versions of their host applications, including 3ds Max 2025, Blender 4.0 and 4.1, and Maya 2025.

Price and system requirements
Redshift 3.6.02 is compatible with Windows 10+, glibc 2.17+ Linux and macOS 12.6+.

The renderer’s integration plugins are compatible with 3ds Max 2018+, Blender 2.83+, Cinema 4D R21+, Houdini 17.5+ (18.0+ on macOS), Katana 4.0v1+ and Maya 2018+.

The software is rental-only, with subscriptions costing $45/month or $264/year.

Read a full list of changes in Redshift 3.6.02 on the Redshift forum
(Login required)

Have your say on this story by following CG Channel on Facebook, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter). As well as being able to comment on stories, followers of our social media accounts can see videos we don’t post on the site itself, including making-ofs for the latest VFX movies, animations, games cinematics and motion graphics projects.