New Product: Release of "PSOFT Pencil+ 4" Plugin for Maya

Sendai, Japan - October 29, 2018 - P SOFTHOUSE Co., Ltd. (location: Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan; CEO: Keiki HATAKEYAMA) released for the international market, on October 29, "PSOFT Pencil+ 4 for Maya", a non-photorealistic rendering plugin that creates looks similar to animation cels with 3D computer graphics.

The development of Pencil+ 4 for Maya was based on feedback from actual use in the field by television animation and film production companies. During development, emphasis was put on providing ways to optimize work and improve productivity while taking into account the characteristics of workflows in the Maya environment.

About Pencil+

PSOFT Pencil+ 4 for Maya is a rendering plugin for Autodesk Maya which can reproduce the look of animation cels.

The plugin makes it possible to reproduce in 3D the distinctive art style seen in Japanese animation and illustrations. It is also effective for creating non-photorealistic looks made from simple planes and lines and which are useful for creating simplified illustration drawings to convey ideas. It is also great as a visualization tool for product and graphic design as well as for motion graphics and animation.

*This plugin is the Maya version of "PSOFT Pencil+ 4 for 3ds Max", an established 3D computer graphics plugin widely used in Japanese animation productions.

Main Features

  • Materials with a high level of expressiveness
  • Fast and beautiful line drawing
  • Powerful render elements and file output functionality



  • Cel shading
  • Configurable line drawing detection
  • Line color substitution


  • Visible line drawing
  • Hidden line drawing
  • Advanced line settings
  • Detailed brush settings
  • Distance-based reduction
  • Line size map
  • Edge detection settings
    • Outline
    • Open edge
    • Object
    • Intersection
    • Smoothing boundary
    • Material ID boundary
    • Selected edge
    • Normal angle
    • Wireframe
  • Support for external references
  • Display Lines in the viewport
  • Pencil+ 4 Line window
  • Pencil+ 4 Line rendering buttons (in the render view)

File Output

  • Line render elements output
  • Line output to EPS format
  • File output for editing in PSOFT Pencil+ 4 Line for After Effects

Main Usage

  • Animation, movie production
  • Illustrations
  • Product design
  • Graphic design
  • Architectural perspective
  • Technical illustrations
  • Motion graphics

Host Application

Windows version
Autodesk Maya 2015 / 2016 / 2016 Extension 2 / 2017 / 2018
*Operates with the Maya Software renderer.

Requirements identical to those of the host Maya version.

Product Price

Standalone License(Tax included)
Download version60,480 Yen

Sold on the PSOFT Store.

Demo Version Download

Related Links

PSOFT Website

Related Documents

"PSOFT Pencil+ 4 for Maya" Product Summary

Introductory Videos

Related Utility

PSOFT Pencil+ 4 Bridge for Maya Planned for Release

Pencil+ 4 Bridge for Maya / 3ds Max is used to write Pencil+ 4 Material and Pencil+ 4 Line settings to file and read them back. The data is managed as a file separate from the scene file, so it can easily be applied to another scene. Thanks to the Bridge, Pencil+ 4 settings can be shared between Maya and 3ds Max for greater convenience.

*This utility is planned to be made available for free on the PSOFT User Page. A future announcement should be made when it is released.



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