Creating Drawing Elements

Before filling any value or setting any timing or exposure, you need to add different drawing elements.

Each drawing element is represented as a vertical element column in the Xsheet view.

To start an exposure sheet, you will use drawing elements. Drawing elements are drawing containers. Any image file, either bitmap or vector, will use a drawing element.

When you add a drawing element to your scene, a folder is added to the scene directory. This folder is named the same way as the drawing element. Its purpose is to contain all the drawings related to this element. For example, in cut-out animation, a character can have many heads available. All of the head drawings will be contained in this folder, even if they are not exposed in the Xsheet view. There is always a drawing container connected to a drawing element ( column).

There are different element types available such as Sound and Expression. A sound element will contain sound files. Expressions, Beziers, Eases, 3D Path, Quadmaps and Pegs are for motion purposes during the compositing step. It is not necessary to create these types to create your exposure sheet.

You can add drawing elements from the Xsheet view, and the Scene menu.

This section is divided as follows:

Layer and Column Concepts
Column Types
Adding New Drawing Elements
Deleting Columns
Column Properties
Modifying Columns
Cloning Columns
Adding an Annotation Column