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  MTRC Gallery: Pictures from Animachine
  These pictures illustrate the rendering aspects of our Animachine animation project. The renderer is a scanline renderer, closely matched to the needs of cel animation. It permits multiple cels to be overlayed, each layer being illuminated independently at front and rear. A full lighting and colour model is included.

The shapes making up the characters are described as curves in 2D, independently of the resolution eventually required. As you can see, shading rules can be used to give the illusion of a 3D scene. The renderer is capable of achieving full colour at greater than film resolution, and anti-aliasing is supported too.


Ray-trace facsimile


Ray-trace facsimile: different lighting


Translucency and overlap operators


Rudolph (anti-aliased)


(without) Anti-aliasing magnified (with)