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This course is an introduction to creating and animating cutout characters in Toon Boom Animate. Author Tony Ross shows how to use the Toon Boom toolset to create cutout characters, and explains how to leverage a few rules of traditional animation to help bring the characters to life. He shows how to create mouth shapes for dialogue, add realistic eye movement, and animate a full cycle. The final chapter shows how to create foreground and backgrounds for your character and export a simple, animated scene.
Learning the Toon Boom Animate Interface can seem challenging initially. However, provided you understand a few simple rules, the interface can quickly be mastered. When you first open Animate, you'll notice that there are several windows here. In the Animate world we call these views. The first view, this large area here is referred to as a Camera view. You can tell this by the blue label here that's marked Camera, and you know this is actually active right now because there is a thin red line around the entire area. To the right of this is our Color view, and you can add and change swatches here. Right beneath.
this is the Tool properties view as well as the Library view. And at the bottom of the screen is the Timeline view. To make any of these views active, you need simply just to click on them. But wouldn't it be cool if you could just roll your cursor into a view, and that view became active? Well, let's go ahead and do that. We're going to first go under Animate, come down to Preferences and under General, you're going to go to your options and click Focus on Mouse Enter.
Now, basically, anytime your mouse rolls over into a different view, that view will become active. So we'll go ahead and click OK. Now, if we move our mouse in the Camera view, that is active. If you move it to the Time Line view, now the Time Line view is active. To show you the difference, I'm going to simply zoom in on our timeline by holding down Command and pressing the Plus Sign, and that zooms in, Minus is going to zoom out. And if I move my cursor into the Camera view and do Command+Plus, we can zoom in on our Camera view as well as zoom out by hitting Command+Minus.
So remember, where you click and how many times you click is crucial. And when in doubt, check your preferences for Custom Settings.
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