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More Drawing Layers

Toon Boom Harmony has four layers included in its drawings:
Overlay
Line Art
Colour Art
Underlay
Each layer can be used for a traditional animation task, this helps to organize your work and make things easier.

To switch between the drawing layers:

1. In the Camera or Drawing view bottom toolbar, click on either the Overlay ,
Line Art , Colour Art or Underlay buttons.
2. Click on the Preview button to display all the layers together. Select Overlay and Underlay in the Preview button’s drop-down menu, to display all four layers.

Overlay

The Overlay layer can be used for a lot of different things:

Highlights and Tones

Annotations and Corrections

Sketching

You can also simply draw in the Overlay layer, it is a regular layer.

Line Art

In traditional animation, you mainly use the Line Art layer to trace and clean up your animation. The outline is drawn in the Line Art layer and you paint in the Colour Art layer.

Colour Art

In traditional animation, you use the Colour Art layer to paint your animation. The outline is drawn in the Line Art layer and you paint in the Colour Art layer. You need to generate invisible lines out of your Line Art to be able to do so.

Underlay

The Underlay layer can be used for several things but mainly for sketching your rough animation or generating a matte colour when doing line testing. See Generating a Matte for Your Animation .

Related Topics 

Line Art and Colour Art Layers
Generating a Matte for Your Animation