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Creating Cycles

Once you have entered a series of drawings and exposures, you can create cycles out of them in several ways.

You can loop your drawings using the following commands:

Paste Cycle
Paste Reverse
Create Cycle

When you create a drawing cycle, all of the repeated drawings are linked to the same original files. This means that when you modify, repaint or correct a drawing named “1” all drawings named “1” are updated simultaneously. In order to modify a drawing independently from its other exposures, you must duplicate the drawing.

To use the Paste Cycle command:

1. In the Xsheet or Timeline view, select the cell range to loop.

2. In the top menu, select Edit > Copy.
3. In the Xsheet or Timeline view, select the cell where you want your cycles to start.

4. In the top menu, select Edit > Paste Cycle.

In Harmony Xsheet, right-click and select Paste Cycle.

The [Ctrl] + [/] (Windows/Linux) or [⌘] + [/] (Mac OS X).

The Paste Cycle dialog box opens.

5. In the Number of Cycles field, use the up and down arrow to increase or decrease the amount of cycles you want to paste. You can also directly type the value.
6. In the Cycle Type drop-down menu, select the type of cycle you want to paste.

Normal (forward): Pastes your selection as it is, starting with the first cell and ending with the last one.
Reverse: Pastes your selection reversed, starting with the last cell and ending with the first one.
Forward -> Reverse: Pastes your selection as a yo-yo, starting with the first cell, going to the last one and ending with the first cell.
Reverse -> Forward: Pastes your selection as a reversed yo-yo, starting with the last cell, going to the first one and ending with the last cell.
7. Click OK.
You can do the same operation using the Paste Special dialog box. To open the Paste Special dialog box, select Edit > Paste Special or press [Ctrl] + [B] (Windows/Linux) or [⌘] + [B] (Mac OS X).

To use the Paste Reverse command:

1. In the Xsheet or Timeline view, select the cell range to paste inverted.

2. In the top menu, select Edit > Copy.
3. In the Xsheet or Timeline view, select the cell where you want your cycles to start.

4. In the top menu, select Edit > Paste Reverse.

In Harmony Xsheet, right-click and select Paste Reverse.

Press [Ctrl] + [.] (Windows/Linux) or [⌘] + [.] (Mac OS X).

To use the Create Cycle command:

1. In the Timeline view, select the cell range to loop.

2. In the Timeline View toolbar, click on the Create Cycle button located in the toolbar’s extra buttons.

The Create Cycle dialog box opens.

3. Enter the number of cycles you want, including the current selection.

Related Topics 

Filling Exposure