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TVPaint Animation Tutorials

Für EinsteigerFür FortgeschritteneVideo Tutorials

Diese Tutorials (in englischer Sprache) richten sich an TVPaint Animation Neulinge, die zum ersten Mal mit TVPaint arbeiten.

Folgende Einsteiger-Tutorials stehen zur Auswahl:

Your first Drawing with TVPaint Animation
Your first Animation with TVPaint Animation
How to use the drawing tools of a conventional animator
How to colorize a character

Your first Drawing with TVPaint Animation

This first tutorial will allow you to learn the drawing basis of TVPaint Animation. We are going to study how to:

- use the most common drawing tools,
- choose the colors,
- modify or delete a picture.

1) Starting the software

Let's start by clicking on the software icon on your desktop. The following panel appears:

Startup Panel

For the moment we are not going to use a specific configuration.

By the way, use the Reset Configuration button in order to follow this tutorial with the original configuration of the software. Once this operation is performed, click on the OK button.

Unless otherwise specified, it is advised always to reset the configuration before starting a new tutorial.

2) Drawing & Erasing a picture

As soon as the software is loaded, you can immediately sketch into the drawing window using the stylus and graphic tablet.

The result appears immediately, as if you were using a real drawing tools on a real paper. Just try it!

Drawing Window

In the example above, the user has drawn some mountains.

If you need to erase the contents of the drawing window, you only need to click on the erase icon of the main panel. This icon looks like a small picture with a skull and bones (you can also use the shortcut key [Shift + K]).

Erase Drawing Left Button

3) Changing the drawing tool

Now look at the tool panel. Every icon displays a painting tool with its own parameters. The curent tool (here: the pencil) is yellow highlighted:

The Current Tool, Pen Brush, is highlighted

Changing the drawing tool is very easy: you only have to click on the tools that you want to use. Hereafter, there is a small sketch created with the mechanical-pencil:

Selecting the Mechanical Pencil This is a small sketch made with the mechanical pencil

4) Choosing your colors

By default, you are drawing with the color located on the left box of the color picker. This color is called A Color. The color located on the right of the color picker is also called B Color.

Those colors are visible on the bottom-left the main panel too.

A Color Preview B Color Preview

Color Preview on the main panel

By default, the A Color is black. You can change it by moving the sliders located newt of it.

Note that using the right mouse button on a color of a slider bar will bring immediately the slider to this color.

Move the sliders with the left mouse button to change color Left Mouse Button Set the position of the sliders with the Right Mouse Button to change color Right Mouse Button

You can also modify the numerical field to obtain the needed color:

Set the numeric values to change color Left Mouse Button

If you want to change the B Color, you have to firstlyclick on it in the color picker. Then you only have to use one of the three discussed methods above.

If you need to change the A Color again, you only have to select it again.

5) Swapping A & B Colors

A and B Colors are often needed: for example if you are creating a gradient of colors, or using animbrushes in luma color mode, etc... It is possible to swap them by using the [n] shortcut key or by using the encircled button on the picture below.

This is very convenient for users that often use the same color. For example, you can keep the black color available in order to draw the outline of a painting.

Click here to switch A & B colors You can see the result of the switch here

6) The history of colors

Once you draw with TVPaint Animation, the history of colors you have used is accessible by using the left mouse button on the encircled area above:

Click here to show the history of colors used Left Mouse Button Arrow from left to right This is the history of colors

Here we are: you know how to choose your tool, how to erase a picture, etc... you are almost ready to begin your drawings!

7) Do, Undo & redo

Here are a few useful notions to make you draw more easily.

To begin, try to remember that the icons Undo and Redo of the main panel will allow you to find again the steps of your drawing. That is very convenient, especially if you make a mistake while painting...

Click here to UNDO or REDO what you have done An example of use of UNDO and REDO

8) An other way to erase

You can erase a piece of your picture, as if you were using a real eraser. In order to perform this, you have to select the Erase painting mode of your current tool ([F4] shortcut key).

If you need to turn back into the classical Color mode, you can use the same pull-down menu or the [F2] shortcut key.

Here you can select the erase mode An example of use of an erase brush

9) How to use your stylus

You can adjust the radius, the power and the opacity of almost every tools, but that is not all: if you have a stylus with a tip and an eraser, you can assign a tool to each of them.

For example, you can use the oil brush in Color mode with the tip of your stylus and the airbrush tool in Erase mode with the eraser.

You can use the two side of your stylus

10) The classical painting tools

Since we have just finished to discuss the drawing basis, it's now time to try the various tools at your disposal.

Here are the rendering of the pen brush and the air brush tools:
Click here to Use the Pen Brush Click here to use the Air Brush
A Pen Brush Example An Air Brush Example

Here the pencil brush and the mechanical pencil:
Click here to use the Pencil Brush Click here to use the Mechanical Pencil Brush
A Pencil Brush Example A Mechanical Pencil Brush Example

And to finish the wet brush and the oil brush:
Click here to use the Wet Brush Click here to use the Oil Brush
A Wet Brush Example An Oil Brush Example

Now it is your turn to create TVPaint logos! Feel free to use all the tools at your disposal and don't forget to share your results with the TVPaint Community!

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