TVPaint/Animation Ramblings
Hey there! I'm just wondering, but how do you use the camera feature?
Anonymous
animatingforfun:

Work-in-progress tie down
I was able to work on this silly thing the past two nights. :) 
I felt having the rooster-dragon make a monster-like cock-a-doodle-doo crowing sound during the leap would be more fun.  
I also started tie downs on this section, but knew I was going to have a jitter problem because I drew the character standing on the bridge tower directly to the “hand-held” BG plate.  I tried a few techniques where I drew the character static, not moving with the camera, then positioned it later frame by frame.  In the process, I discovered TV Paint has a cool tracking tool! 


I used the tracking tool to “pin” the rooster-dragon to the bridge tower tip, and it worked great!  I still key framed the image rotation but the positioning was all done with the tracking tool.  Maybe there is a way to track the rotation as well, but I just haven’t found it yet.

animatingforfun:

Work-in-progress tie down

I was able to work on this silly thing the past two nights. :) 

I felt having the rooster-dragon make a monster-like cock-a-doodle-doo crowing sound during the leap would be more fun.  

I also started tie downs on this section, but knew I was going to have a jitter problem because I drew the character standing on the bridge tower directly to the “hand-held” BG plate.  I tried a few techniques where I drew the character static, not moving with the camera, then positioned it later frame by frame.  In the process, I discovered TV Paint has a cool tracking tool! 

I used the tracking tool to “pin” the rooster-dragon to the bridge tower tip, and it worked great!  I still key framed the image rotation but the positioning was all done with the tracking tool.  Maybe there is a way to track the rotation as well, but I just haven’t found it yet.

Hey, keys drawings are basically the same as the extremes drawings right?

Yep!  Keys can also be breakdowns, or anything that defines the motion of your animation.

Hey there. Ive been wanting to learn TvPaint so badly but im frustrated almost to tears. I cant find anywhere online where it tells you how to activate pressure sensitivity! I cant use this well if i cant use my tablet. My tablet works literally with every single thing i have ever downloaded [and thats a lot]. If it helps My tablet is monoprice brand. please help D:
Anonymous

Hm!  If it works with everything ELSE then it might be a case of just making sure the brushes you’re using have pressure sensitivity turned on?  In the tool panel where you control the size, the lil box next to it should have a P in it, for Pressure.  If not, click and hold on it to bring up the drop down menu and go to pressure.  You’ll see that if there’s a C there then it was set to None, meaning no pressure sensitivity!

Other than that the only other thing I can think of that causes people headaches sometimes is if Paper is turned on, which can give you a nice texture but can also be super confusing if you don’t realize it’s turned on.  The toggle for this is right here:

I hope that helps!

Which brush is best for line art? I tried the inking one, but it kinda transparent-ish, you know? Do you have any ideas?
Anonymous

I prefer pencil brushes and even the airbrush tool for doing lines!  You can get some really textured ones, and if you work with a big enough canvas you can get your lines looking pretty sharp.  I cleaned up this lil animation with an airbrush with these settings for example:

hello, have you had much experience using the xsheet in tvpaint? I'm a bit confused and don't know how to go about it...
Anonymous

I’m afraid I haven’t used it at all in TVP!  I have no idea how it works, sorry!!

Hi! thanks for this blog, its been a great help! I don't know if it has already been ask but, do you know if there is anyway to import photoshop brushes? if not, is there a tvp brush library or something?

There’s no quick n simple way to import Photoshop brushes; you can import PS files though!  If you make a PS file with a bunch of different brush marks then bring it into TVP, you can create brushes from that and play around with the settings til you get something close.  To create a brush, check out my post here: http://tvpaintanimation.tumblr.com/post/14888081537/hiyo-this-blog-made-me-wanna-give-tvpaint-a-try-but-i

And as for a brush library, I highly recommend using a custom panel!  I can’t work in TVP without one, I go into it here under Brushes: http://tvpaintanimation.tumblr.com/post/11543208193/tvpaint-basics

Do you know where I can download TVPaint for mac?

It says it’s available for Mac on the website, if you’re looking for anywhere else to download it by other means then I’m afraid I can’t help you!

hej! i got a question,whenever i animate past the 100 frame mark the save then close the tvpaint program,when i come back to open it up all the frames are compressed and small,then i added a few frames then closed it again. when i got back the frames were even smaller,i couldn't even see the single frames and then i tried to make them more visible but i couldn't find a way to,got any clues??

Ah, yeah that’s nothing to worry about!  TVP is just automatically reframing your timeline to fit the window.  All you have to do to make the individual frames visible again is just click and drag on the Z to zoom in and out in your timeline here:

Hello there! So i am very new at TVPaint and I'm very thankful for this blog here! I'm trying to export a short walk cycle gif, but whenever I try to upload it, it looks really choppy. I turned it into a TIFF and now i see that when its exporting it, it cuts out like a bunch of frames. I've already tried making it smaller in size, but it doesnt work. Any advice?

Hm, I’m not sure what could be causing that!  I use these options and they have always worked for me:

When I’m uploading a gif though I always bring it into Photoshop for adjustments and mostly to bring the filesize down to an uploadable size haha.  But messing with the framerate in PS is tricky, if you’re doin that then I can try and help you out further!  Otherwise I hope you find your answer here! c: