Chapter 8: Painting the Background

Painted background

Not only does Toon Boom Harmony give you the ability to animate and composite, you can also use it to paint your backgrounds. You can use solid, gradient or textured colours to create vector-based and bitmap colouring.

If you create multiplane moves, a vector background will generally be lighter and will allow extreme truck-ins.

The background painting process consists of painting the black and white production backgrounds, also known as background layouts. For traditional animation, the background layouts are usually drawn on paper and then scanned in. For paperless and cut-out animation, the background layouts can either be drawn on paper or designed directly in Harmony.

This chapter is divided as follows:

Importing the Background Layout
Importing Palettes and Models
Painting the Background