These are the settings most people new to animation and TVPaint tend to start with. But! we can improve this. In TVPaint unlike Toon Boom your drawing is entirely restricted to the project Area, so any mark made outside the frame is lost. This limits your drawing and especially when your starting out, odds are your going to want to resize or reposition things, and it’s a bit of pain if all your drawings have been clipped by the frame boundary.
A few example of Disney framing the drawings on the page, and not just using the edge of the page as the frame.
So How can we Setup out Project to accommodate this.
By selecting ‘Project with camera’ we can set the buffer size (seen in the example as a 220% buffer, that just cos I like to work bigger, most of the time you can get by with just 120%-130%). What this lets you do is draw outside of the shot and gives you a little wiggle room.
For Example, say you want to add a camera shake, but the drawing fills a 1080p frame entirely. What that means is there’s no more image for you to see, no room to shake it. Now please, if you are going to add camera movement, just do it After Effects or Premiere, TVPaint’s camera movement is just awful.
Then simply increases the width and height.
If you want to keep the aspect Ratio remember to
check the ‘Lock Aspect’
And because we want to give ourselves some extra room and not change the size our drawings themselves, Remember to…
Uncheck ‘Stretch to New Size’
Then Click Modify
Now your projects been updated, if you want to see the camera you’ll just need to Click the Camera icon on the Main Panel
Lastly we need to check our Camera’s Size, as there’s a chance the camera is filling the whole frame, and that’s not what we want. Go into the Tool:Camera>Parameters and just set the Camera Width and height to the correct size.
There we go, all ready to start.
I’d recommend Setting up your own Shortcuts
Ctrl-K – Show shortcut list
Alt-Right – Zoom
Alt-Left – Pan
Alt-Ctrl + LMB Drag – Rotate Canvas
u || Ctrl-z – Undo
Shift-V – Plays back Comp
0 – Minimise Timeline
D – Draw
Z-Hold & Drag – Change brush size (I’ve Set this to my second Wacom pen Button)
N – Flip Between selected Colours
; – Colour picker
Ctrl-D – deselect
] – Flip Canvas Image Horizontally
[ – Flip Canvas Verticall
= – Toggle Hide other layers
Open the Configure Keyboard Shortcuts Window by either:
I Keep my shortcuts on a pen drive or my Google Drive to load on any machine I’m working on.
Colour codes your layers so you can toggle them on and off.
Line Smoothing allows you to draw nice clean smooth lines with relative ease. If the window isn’t currently displayed go to.
To turn it on check ‘Active Line Smoothing’
Using the CTG Texturiser is a better faster option for most things but this option is still worth knowing.
Adding Textures as fills for shapes
Automatically moves textures to move along with a shapes colour fill.