The optimal workspace for creating colour models and inking/painting in traditional animation includes the following views:


As there is no default workspace for these tasks you will need to create a custom workspace for yourself—refer to the Fundamentals Guide.

You may have a character or element palette that has colours that are very similar to the Drawing and Camera view's background colour. For example, a white eyeball colour on a white background which makes it difficult to know if the zone was painted. You can change the background colour of the Camera or Drawing view in the Preferences dialog box.

How to change a view's background colour

1. Do one of the following:
From the top menu, select Edit > Preferences.
Mac OS X: Select Stage Draw > Preferences.
Press Ctrl + U (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ + U (Mac OS X).

The Preferences dialog box opens.

2. Select the General tab.
3. In the Colours section, click Edit Colours.

The Colours dialog box opens.

Colours dialog box

4. Select the Camera or Drawing tab.

Camera & Drawing tabs

5. Change the background colour of:
Camera View: Click the Clear colour swatch.

Camera tab, Clear colour swatch

Drawing View: Click the Background colour swatch.

Drawing tab, Background colour swatch

The Select Colour dialog box opens.

6. Select a colour by clicking a colour swatch, clicking a colour in the colour gradient, or entering a HSV/RGB Value.

Selecting a colour

7. Click OK in the three opened dialog boxes to apply your changes.

When you need to paint drawings with similar colours throughout the palette, you can create a clone of that palette and change all the colours to very bright tints to facilitate the paint process—see .