Hi I started using TVPaint animation and was wondering if there was a fast way to get shading done?
Depends on what you want your shading to look like!
If you want to do a classic kinda cel shading, you just have to create a new anim layer over your colour layer, set the colour layer to stencil mode (click on the little box between the layer name and little green visibility box so that it turns yellow), pick a colour, lower the opacity on the shadow layer, and start doing your shadows!
If you want a more soft cel shaded look, still do what I described above, but now use the FX stack panel! Go to Add FX > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Change the width and the height to however blurry you wanna make it. Now just select all the frames you want to affect and hit “Apply FX Stack” at the bottom of the FX stack panel. Boom!
If there’s any other style of shadows anybody wants me to describe how to do, feel free to ask!
I did a walk cycle to the right, I want to flip it all and export it flipped to the left. But anytime I flip it horizontally it just goes back when I want to export it, can you help please?:)
It sounds like you’re using the FX stack panel? You have to select all the frames that you want the FX to, well, affect, then hit “Apply FX Stack” at the bottom.
hello there! im wondering what type of license to purchase to start working on my animation. i'm a student and im just a little confused on which one would be more efficient for me! (andireallydontwanttospend650dollars)
Hey there! I started working in TVPaint because I'd like to use the pencil brush for my project but when filling the lines, it always sort of looks like filling shapes in Photoshop. (Ugly, rough edges) Do you know a way to fix that?
Sure do! And apologies if you’ve already found this out a month ago when you asked this question (I’m so sorry)!
When you have the “FloodFill” selected, you have a bunch of options in your tool options box. To answer your question specifically, change the “expand” option to 1 or 2 or whatever thickness, depending on how thick your lines are! The dropdown box at the top will probably be set to “colour”. If you want to do all your colouring on a different layer than your lines, keep this as colour and change the source dropdown box to “Front”. This will make any lines on any layer above the one you’re working on affect the filling.
If you want to do all your colouring on the same layer as your lines (not recommended haha), then you can change “colour” to “behind” and the source to “layer” and go ahead and fill your lines right in without worrying about the weird fuzziness! If it’s set to expand but also “behind” then the expanded colour will go behind your lines.
I pressed some strange combo of keys by accident and now the remote is gone from the bottom of the workspace. If I go to windows>tools>remote one pops up, but it looks different and I can't get it to stick on the bottom of the animating space. :( Do you know what menu it's hiding under? I've gone thru Window and Tools without success...
Everytime I boot up the program, TVPaint resets my keyboard shortcuts. Is there any way to permanently change them so I dont have to reconfigure them every time I open it?
That’s weird! It shouldn’t be doing that and I’m afraid I’d have no idea why. You can save your shortcuts though, if you go to configure them and go File > Save Keymap so that you don’t have to redo em every time. The best I can think of is you maybe had a problem with the installation? I’m sorry I can’t be more help!
Hi! Is there anyway to resize a scene without having to go in and resizing all the frames? I started a scene in 720 ratio but I need the shot to be 1080 ratio.
Yep! You just have to go to Project > Modify Project and it’ll create a new file for you. This will really lower the quality of the drawings though, just like anything when you blow em up to a bigger size
Thanks for your answer!! I figured it out and the trick with TVP 9 is that it's called Layer: Exposure: Next LOOP. Why it's called loop I have no idea. Must be a french thing.
Ah interesting, thanks for the extra feedback!
Have you ever had this problem? So, I tried to import something into tvpaint (a movie clip or a psd). Whenever I animate over it, I always save the project. But when I try to open it, everything is cleared off. Is there a reason for this, or does it only work with TVPaint pro?
Hmm I’m not really sure why it’d be doing that! I got another question on just how to upload a background from Photoshop into TVP so I’ll go through that and maybe it’ll help?
What you do is go File > Load, browse to your file and load it! I think PSDs will just open automatically with all of the layers and transparency intact, but if you choose an image file, this will pop up!
Make sure you click the New Layer tab at the bottom, check Single Frame if you want it to be an image layer, uncheck if you want it to be an anim layer, and you should be good to go!
To have your single frame of BG stay there for the entire length of the animation, click this lil arrow in the timeline and select Hold:
So I’m honestly not sure why it wouldn’t be workin for ya! Maybe if TVP is just referencing another file that’s just open and not saved in another TVP window, but that’s really all I can think of. That’s a noodle scratcher, sorry I can’t be more help!
Hello! Thanks for helping us newbs out. My question is, is there a shortcut to going to the next instance/key instead of just the next frame? For example, I want key1 to be held for X frames and I want to flip between key1 and key2, skipping the X frames in between, how do I do that without clicking on the individual keys? I know this can be done but I can't figure it out. I have TVP 9 Pro. Maybe it's only in TVP 10?
It took me a stupid long time to figure it out, but yes there is a way! I use Maya at work and I like how you can use < and > to flip between keyframes and alt + < and > to go frame by frame so I really wanted to figure out if I could do something similar in TVP. I set it up so < and > go frame by frame and k and l go to keyframes, but that’s just cos that’s where I keep my hand while animating!
You just have to go to Edit > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts: Configure. I have , set to Layer: Go Left and . set to Layer: Go Right. k is set to Layer: Exposure: Prev and l is set to Layer: Exposure: Next. I also have / set to Layer: Clear as a quick way to make new frames as I’m animating!