The Cutout style simulates a paper cutout effect with two sheets of paper on top of each other. The top sheet is “cut-out” following the cutout mask, revealing the bottom sheet underneath. Through several attributes, the lighting can be adjusted globally to control the shadow cast by the top sheet on the bottom sheet.
Note that this style is special in that it only shades the two sheets of paper and not the objects in the scene.
The cut-out mask is generated using a specific material: you need to set this material on all objects that need to be in the mask, otherwise they won’t appear. To set this material on an object, select an object and load the “cutout” material preset (see material presets).
The cutout material controls how objects affect the cutout mask and the paper color.
Settings > Colored: if checked, overrides the color of the substrate with the color specified in Attributes > Shading > Color tint
Attributes > Shading > Cut: if checked, the object is drawn in the cutout mask, and appears cut-out in the final image. Otherwise, the object is not drawn in the mask. This is enabled by default.
The appearance of the top and bottom sheets of paper is controlled respectively by the Main substrate and Alternate substrate attribute sets. See Substrate for a description of the attributes. Additionally, the position of the drop shadow and bevel shade follows the direction of the substrate light defined by Substrate Light Tilt and Substrate Light Dir.
These attributes specify the behavior of the cutout style.
- Paper Distance: distance between the two sheets. A longer distance will increase the offset of the drop shadow.
- Drop Shadow Radius: radius of the drop shadow in pixels. This is the shadow cast by the top sheet on the bottom sheet.
- Outer Bevel Radius: radius of the outer bevel in pixels. The outer bevel simulates the paper curving near cut edges.
- Outer Bevel Highlight: multiplier controlling the intensity of the highlight (paper curving towards the light) around outer bevels.
- Outer Bevel Shadow: multiplier controlling the intensity of the shadow (paper curving away from the light) around outer bevels.
- Gradient Shade: defines the intensity of the gradient shading effect. The gradient shading is a light-to-dark gradient overlaid on the image and oriented towards the direction of the light.
- Paper Edge: defines the intensity of the cut paper edge near the bevel shadow (cut edge facing the light). A value of zero means that the cut edge is invisible.
- Paper Edge Opposite: defines the intensity of the cut paper edge near the bevel highlight (cut edge turning away from the light).
- Invert Mask: If checked, the cut-out mask is inverted.