User guide Mac OS X

Contents:

Overview:

Create a new project from the File menu and choose your desired resolution and framerate. A drawing canvas window will open. In a new project, the timeline will be only one frame long to begin with. You will see a Background layer (this cannot be deleted) and a default "Layer 1" with one drawing, and above that the playhead indicating the current frame. To the left are sliders to control the opacity of each layer, and buttons to change the layer order or delete a layer.

To extend the duration a drawing is seen when played back, drag the "Drawing duration" slider; or drag the edge between drawings on the timeline; or press F5 or the + key to increase duration and Shift F5 or the - key to decrease.

Each drawing is represented by a blue button on the timeline. Click on any one to go to that drawing; or, drag along the top bar of the timeline to scrub through the drawings; or, use the arrow keys to step back and forth. By default, going forward from the end of the timeline will automatically add a new drawing and extend the timeline to fit it. You can also add drawings to the timeline manually by clicking "Add drawing" in the timeline panel, or with the following keyboard shortcuts:

F6Duplicate drawing at playhead
Shift F6Duplicate drawing after
Command F6Duplicate drawing halfway
F7Add drawing at playhead
Shift F7Add drawing after
Command F7Add drawing halfway

For drawing you have available a Brush tool (B), an Eraser tool (E), a Fill tool (F), and a Lasso selection tool (L), as well as a Zoom tool (Z) to zoom in by clicking on the canvas (or out when holding the Option key), and a Pan tool (H) to move the canvas around the window (the Pan tool can also be activated temporarily by holding down the Spacebar).

The Onion Skin feature lets you see previous and following drawings overlayed on the current frame. Toggle it on and off with the Onion skin button in the Tools panel (or the O key), and adjust the range of drawings visible in the Tool Options panel.

Press the Play button in the Tools panel (or the Enter key) to play back a preview of your animation. In the File menu you can export a Quicktime video, a PNG image sequence, or an animated GIF.


Keyboard shortcuts:

BBrush tool
EEraser tool
FFill tool
LLasso tool
ZZoom tool (hold Option key to zoom out)
Command +Zoom in
Command -Zoom out
HPan tool
SpacebarPan tool while held down
Command ZUndo
Command Shift ZRedo
EnterPlay/Stop
OToggle onion skin
IColor eyedropper
<Previous frame
>Next frame
LeftarrowPrevious drawing
RightarrowNext drawing
Command LeftarrowMove drawing back
Command RightarrowMove drawing forward
F5 or +Increase drawing duration
Shift F5 or -Decrease drawing duration
F6Duplicate drawing at playhead
Shift F6Duplicate drawing after
Command F6Duplicate drawing halfway
F7Add drawing at playhead
Shift F7Add drawing after
Command F7Add drawing halfway
Shift DeleteDelete drawing
[Decrease brush size
]Increase brush size
Command CCopy selection
Command VPaste selection
Command XCut selection
DeleteDelete selection
Command ASelect all
Command Shift ASelect none
Arrow keysNudge selection by 1px
Shift arrow keysNudge selection by 10px


Menus:


Timeline:

Each drawing is represented by a blue button on the timeline. Click any one to go to that drawing - or, drag along the top bar of the timeline to scrub through the drawings.

  • Add layer - Adds a layer.
  • Layer options - Hides/shows options for each layer on the timeline panel.
  • Layer names - Hides/shows layer names. Click a name to edit it.

  • Drawing duration - How many frames the current drawing will remain on screen when played back.
  • Drawing label - Give the current drawing a label, which will be displayed on its button in the timeline. (Useful for organization.)
  • Add drawing - Add a drawing to the timeline.
  • Delete drawing - Deletes the current drawing.
  • Make cycle - Converts the current drawing into a loop of the previous X number of drawings on the timeline that you choose. Any changes to those drawings will be reflected automatically in the repeated cycle of them. The cycle will appear green on the timeline, or red if it cannot work (either you are trying to cycle more drawings than exist, or you are trying to cycle a cycle).
  • Move back - Swaps the current drawing with the previous drawing on the timeline.
  • Move forward - Swaps the current drawing with the next drawing on the timeline.


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