I'd like to combine these features:

  1. The pixelated look of a wire material with anti-aliasing disabled.
  2. Proper occlusion of hidden lines.

A wireframe material produces the first feature, freestyle produces the second. Can a line set be created that produces neither double pixels nor gaps? Line thickness alone does not seem to be the answer.

There is the trick with two materials and z-offset, but I have trouble getting a really clean solution at the outline of the object. So a freestyle solution would be best.

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The main problem is that freestyle (to the right) produces double pixels:

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  • $\begingroup$ How about rendering the wire, then using an image editor to remove antialiasing? $\endgroup$ – CharlesL Aug 13 '13 at 19:55
  • $\begingroup$ @CharlesL Why not just disable antialiasing in Render settings > anti-aliasing? $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Aug 13 '13 at 19:58
  • $\begingroup$ I added a second picture to clarify my problem. $\endgroup$ – Haunt_House Aug 13 '13 at 20:54

You can use the Blender OpenGL viewport rendering for this.

  • Go to edit mode, activate edge-select and Z-Clipping:

viewport settings

  • Go to User Preferences, System, then disable all lights and make the final one black (color and specular, in my screenshot, only the specular ones are set to black).

light settings

  • Go to the Theme settings, 3D View and set selected edges to white and selected faces to black.

theme settings

  • Select everything and press the "OpenGL render active viewport" (3D view header, the left one in the screenshot).

viewport render

To remove other lines such as lamps you can enable Only render in 3D view > Properties panel (N) > Display > Only render and press CtrlSpace to toggle the 3D manipulator.

If the background is a problem, you can put a face there or also make it black in the theme settings.

AA has to be disabled, otherwise you will get smooth lines.


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    $\begingroup$ Crazy, but close enough. Although I'd suggest turning wireframe on in the object's drawing options, so several objects are possible. Enabling all edges helps as well. Great Trick $\endgroup$ – Haunt_House Aug 13 '13 at 21:04
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    $\begingroup$ That's possible, but keep in mind that turning Wire on in the object's drawing options will hide edges on flat surfaces, so you don't really get a full wire. $\endgroup$ – JulianHzg Aug 14 '13 at 5:51
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    $\begingroup$ That's what 'draw all edges' in the object's display panel is for. $\endgroup$ – Haunt_House Aug 14 '13 at 5:55
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, forgot that existed. Very good. $\endgroup$ – JulianHzg Aug 14 '13 at 6:06
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    $\begingroup$ Alternatively your could just set the Horizon Color to white, use a white shadeless material, change viewport shading to Texture and invert the image in the compositor. $\endgroup$ – Aldrik Aug 14 '13 at 10:19

You can get this with a wireframe material using this method (see this):

  1. Disable anti-aliasing in render settings

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  2. Create a material wire material, enable transparency and increase the Z offset:

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  3. Create another material for your object and make it pure black:

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  4. Assign the second (black) material to all the faces (Tab> edit mode A> select all > Assign.

  5. Set the world color to black:

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  6. Render:

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Note that sometimes with low resolution renders you may have to increase the Z offset even more to prevent gaps in the edges.

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  • $\begingroup$ your render exactly outlines my problem. you have a lot of double pixels there. Adjusting line thickness isn't the answer. I do know the freestyle basics. Sorry if I haven't made myself clear enough, although I mentioned double pixels. $\endgroup$ – Haunt_House Aug 13 '13 at 20:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Haunt_House Oops, sorry. I don't know how I missed that :P $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Aug 13 '13 at 21:07
  • $\begingroup$ I have to apologize. Hm, the editing is sometimes scary. Although the question is now more technically correct, there was a reason I used the phrase 'perfect wireframe'. Not very precise, I admit. But that's what the body is for. $\endgroup$ – Haunt_House Aug 13 '13 at 21:13

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