Join Dermot O' Connor for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating scenes, part of Toon Boom Harmony Essential Training.
- [Instructor] When you start Harmony you'll be greeted by this welcome window. And it's a useful welcome window, a lot of these are just annoying to me and I usually switch on these to make it disappear but I recommend you don't do that because it's fairly useful. So I'll walk you through it. Here we can set the different settings for formats and speed, framerates, all that kind of thing. If you don't like the defaults then you can click on this plus sign and make your own if you want to customize it, frames per second, width and height. I'm not going to mess with any of the horizontal or vertical fits.
You can give it your own name in here and save your own custom. But I like this HDTV, very standard now. It shows you previous scenes, so from a previous movie I made a file called fixing the video card for the video preferences and it's here if I want to re-access that I can open it from there. But let's create a new scene. A couple of other things too, these links below allow you to watch video tutorials and to get help on the Toon Boom website. And these are very very useful. So let's make a new scene, we'll call it first scene.
Then I hit spacebar, we get an automatic underscore because we can't save a folder with a space, that's fine. And let's pick a location. And I'm going to browse and choose the desktop. Create scene. And here we go. So we have the program open, our first scene, and let's choose the brush tool, pick a big fat size. I'm just going to make a couple of drawings on the stage. Let's move forward one frame, we'll make another. And for fun let's make a third.
So that's our first animation, wonderful. So let me save this and all I'm going to show you right now is how the saving structure operates. So in the folder first scene, if we open that you'll see five folders or some selection of folders. And the one to watch out for is here, first scene. That's our actual project file. What that contains is the information about the scene but the actual drawings themselves, they're actually saved in these various folders.
So if you have different color palettes they'll be saved in here. If you have different drawings that can be saved not in the frames folder, they're in the elements folder, there we go, under drawing. The three drawings that we just made are saved here. Every time you save your file then they're written to this folder. If I were to draw a fourth frame it would be saved in here. So were I to delete this here it would be deleted in the program. So I think you see quite clearly how tricky it's going to be to juggle these things if you're lazy about folder structure.
So it's very important that you get used to knowing where your scenes are being saved to unlike Macro Media Flash or Adobe Animate who save the entire project to one FLA file. With Harmony you're saving to a folder with subfolders. So in many ways it's better but it's also slightly more complex. So if we return to Harmony and we want to see the welcome screen again, we go help, show welcome screen. And then we return to this and we can re-access all this information if you need to see this image again.
- Creating scenes
- Transforming objects
- Applying color and ink
- Drawing keys, breakdowns, and in-betweens
- Easing in and out
- Nudging in 3D space
- Rigging a character
- Animating rigged characters
- Morph-tweening characters
- Animating cameras
- Adding sound and dialogue
- Exporting movies and images