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Ever since ESF's early days, the community has continuously suggested that all of the characters should have outlines. Today, your long awaited dream will come true.

Posted by Damaera on May 31st, 2009

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Ever since ESF's early days, the community has continuously suggested that all of the characters should have outlines. Today, your long awaited dream will come true.

For the last few months, the team has been hard at work improving ESF's looks and visuals. As an example, we will be showcasing one of the newest shaders: Character Outlines. Character Outlines are just black lines that surround the character to create a cartoonish effect. ESF currently uses two kinds of Character Outline shaders. The first and better looking shader is the Post Processed Outline Shader, which dynamically calculates the outlines based on the neighbor pixels depth the surrounding normals. The second shader is for the older computers that can't support the Post Processed Shader, called Fatboy. The Fatboy Shader is a simple version of the Character Outlines that duplicates the model, scales it up a bit, and colors the duplicated model black. You can reduce or increase the size of the Character Outlines using a simple cvar in console.

If you dislike the Character Outline Shader, you can turn it off with a click of a button, or turn it off with a simple cvar in console. Note that this is not cel-shading.

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Halfmoon Jun 1 2009, 1:57am says:

That outline did a huge difference for the looks of the characters. Looks actually a lot better for something so minor :D

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skaterbub2003 Jun 1 2009, 4:38am says:

Wow, this must have been a lot of work for the coders.
Just by reading your text, my mind is in a near-explode state.

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st.ern Jun 1 2009, 8:30am says:

good job guys!

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vegetaCab Jun 1 2009, 10:00am says:

this visual modification make a great change to the game.
I always worked on visual effect, but never try this one I envy you guys!

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Smoth Jun 1 2009, 12:11pm says:

looks good, care to add that also to the in game level objects?

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GeneralTantor Jun 1 2009, 4:11pm says:

will this be optional to have these models because thats been done before in other games and i like the regular models better

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Damaera Jun 3 2009, 4:19am replied:

Please read the whole news article before asking questions like that.

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Klau2kas Oct 30 2009, 12:20pm says:

what to do to make outlines? plz ansver

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