Line Set

Reference

Panel: Properties editor ‣ Render Layer ‣ Freestyle Line Set

A line set selects, among the lines (edges) detected by Freestyle, which ones will be rendered using its attached line style, through various methods.

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Freestyle Line Set panel

Selection By

Visibility

There are three choices for selecting edges by visibility.

Visible
Only lines occluded by no surfaces are rendered.
Hidden

Lines occluded by at least one surface are rendered.

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Proof of concept of visible and hidden edges by LightBWK (Sample blend-file)

QI Range

QI stands for Quantitative Invisibility. Lines occluded by a number of surfaces in the given range are rendered.

Start and End
Min/max number of occluding surfaces for a line to be rendered.
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QI Range proof of concept demo, Start: 3, End: 7, by LightBWK (Sample blend-file)

Edge Types

Edge types are basic algorithms for the selection of lines from geometry. When using the parameter editor you have to choose at least one edge type in order to get a render output, but several edge types can be combined in one line set. Edge types can also be excluded from calculation by pressing the X next to them.

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Examples of some basic edge types: Silhouette (green), Crease (black), Border (blue) and Edge Marks (red) (File:EdgeType.zip by LightBWK).

Silhouette
Draws silhouettes around your closed objects; it is often good for organic objects (like Suzanne & Sphere), and bad for sharp edges, like a box. It cannot render open mesh objects like open cylinders and flat planes. The output is affected by the Kr Derivative Epsilon view map setting.
Crease

Shows only edges whose adjacent faces form an angle greater than the defined view map’s Crease Angle.

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Crease Angle proof of concept for 121º by LightBWK ( the blend-file).

Border
Border is for open/unclosed edge meshes; an open cylinder has an open edge at the top and bottom, and a plane is open all around. Suzanne’s eye socket is an open edge. All open edges will have lines rendered. This depends on the mesh structure.
Edge Marks
Renders marked edges. See Edge Marks for details.
Contour
Draws the outer edges and inner open border.
External Contour
Draws the contour lines, but only on the outer edges.
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Left pair: Contour; Right pair: External Contour.

Suggestive Contour
Draws some lines which would form the contour of the mesh if the viewport was shifted. Depends on your view map settings for Kr Derivative Epsilon and Sphere Radius (further information: File:Manual-2.6-Render-Freestyle-PrincetownLinestyle.pdf).
Material Boundary
Draws lines where two materials meet on the same object.
Ridge & Valley
Draws ridges and valleys. Depends on your Sphere Radius view map settings.

Edge Marks

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Edge Mark setting in the Line Sets tab.

In edit mode you can mark “Freestyle Edges” in the same manner you can mark “Seams” for UV unwrapping or “Sharp” for edge split. These marked edges are available to render when you select Edge Mark.

This is done as follows:

  1. Select the mesh object and enter Edit Mode.
  2. Select the edges you want to be marked.
  3. Press Ctrl-E and select Mark Freestyle Edge.

Edge marks are useful when you want to draw lines along particular mesh edges. The examples below explain the use of edge marks.

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Marking Freestyle Edges in edit mode.

The edge marks are highlighted in green.
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Render without Edge Marks.

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Render with Edge Marks enabled.

With edge marks enabled, the previously-marked lines are always rendered. You can see the black contour lines and the blue lines that are made with edge marks.

What are edge marks good for?

  • When you need to render marks on an almost-flat plane, when other edge types cannot detect any line.
  • When you want full control of edge rendering. Often used for edges of squarish shapes.
  • Mark the whole base mesh to be rendered for base mesh preview.

What are edge marks not good for?

  • Round outer edges (use instead Contour/External Contour/Silhouette).

Face Marks

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Face mark options.

To set a face mark:

  1. Select a mesh object and enter Edit Mode.
  2. Select the faces you want to be marked.
  3. Press Ctrl-F and select Mark Freestyle Face.

Face marks are useful for removing lines from certain areas of a mesh.

In this example, two faces of the default cube are marked like the image on the left. On the right is a render without face marks activated.

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Marked Faces (Edit Mode).

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Render Output.

The line selection can be controlled via inclusion and faces options:

Inclusive/Exclusive
Whether to include or exclude edges matching defined face mark conditions from the line set.
One Face
(De)select all edges which have one or both neighbor faces marked.
Both Faces
(De)select all edges which have both of their neighbor faces marked.

The image below shows the resulting combinations.

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Inclusive, One Face.

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Inclusive, Both Faces.

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Exclusive, One Face.

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Exclusive, Both Faces.

Group

You can include or exclude objects for line calculation, based on their belonging to a group.

Group
The name of the object group to use.
Inclusive/Exclusive
Whether to include or exclude lines from those objects in this line set.

Image Border

If enabled, Freestyle only takes geometry within the image border into consideration for line calculation. This reduces render times but increases continuity problems when geometry is moved out of and into camera view.