How To Add a Tone Effect : Toon Boom Animate Pro 3 Tutorial

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You can create your project from beginning to end ,starting the drawing, the painting etc.. Here is an easy  method for character shadows.

Level : Beginner

Drawing and Painting

1 – Create a new document. Name it. Next, choose the size of your project in the list or create a personalized project by clicking Plus sign.

For this project, the drawing has been  imported but you can draw it directly in ToonBoom Animate.

  • Go to File>Import>Images.
  1. In the dialog box, click Browse and select your file.
  2. Check Vectorize Imported Items option
  3. Choose Grey in the vectorized box.
  4. Click OK.

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2 – Create a Drawing Layer in the Timeline View.

  • Click the Add Layers button. Choose Drawing in the list and name your layer.

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3 – Grab the Brush in the Tools Bar. Change if need the settings in the Tool Properties (Windows> Tool Properties).

  • Set the size : drag the slider left or right to modify it.
  • Repeat the step to adjust the Smoothing value.

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4 – Select the paths using the Contour Editor Tool. Combine the paths to close your different shapes using the Flatten Button (in the Tool Proprieties).

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5 – Pick up black in the Colour View.

6 – Zoom (Drawing>Tools>Zoom). In the Camera or Drawing View , draw your character. If you are working in the Drawing View, don’t forget to activate the Light Table (Shift + L).

7 – In the Camera or Drawing view, paint your drawing.

Add a Tone effect ( the shadows on your character)

1 – Open the Network View  

  • Creating a Drawing Layer in the Timeline View.
  • In the Network View, double-click on the yellow square of module Drawing and name your layer.

2 – Open the Module Library View.

  • Click and Drag the Tone module in the Network View.
  • Link (click/drag) the output port of Tone Effects module  to Composite  module .
  • Repeat the step with the output port of your layer to link it to input port of Tone Effects module.
  • Finally, link the output of your drawing to another input port of your Tone Effects module.

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3 – Grab the Brush Tool. Adjust its settings.

4 – Finally, select the layer where you are going to add your shadows. Paint them.