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TVPaint Tutorials via

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Creating a New Project

File/New Project

  • Settings
    • 1920×1080
    • 25fps (or 24fps)

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.

Prince Phillip & Samson - Milt Kahl • Art of © Walt Disney Animation Studios ★ || Website | ( • Please support the artists and studios featured here by buying their works from their official online store ( • Find more artists at and || ★

So How can we Setup out Project to accommodate this.

Project Setup

If Starting a new project

File/New Project

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.


Want to Modify an existing Project 

Project>Modify Project

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


Back Up and Load SHORTCUTS

Open the Configure Keyboard Shortcuts Window by either:

a. Ctrl+K

b. Edit>Shortcuts

I Keep my shortcuts on a pen drive or my Google Drive to load on any machine I’m working on.



Colour Groups

Colour codes your layers so you can toggle them on and off.



Line Smoothing

Line Smoothing allows you to draw nice clean smooth lines with relative ease. If the window isn’t currently displayed go to.

Windows>Drawing>Line Smoothing

To turn it on check ‘Active Line Smoothing’


Bucket Fill

Using the CTG Texturiser is a better faster option for most things but this option is still worth knowing.

CTG – Texturiser (Texture)

Adding Textures as fills for shapes

CTG – Texturiser

Automatically moves textures to move along with a shapes colour fill.