Chapter 31: Timing

When you create hand-drawn animation traditionally or in a paperless environment, it's important to know how to set and modify the timing of your drawings.

In a traditional workflow, the person in charge of the digital exposure sheet reproduces the paper exposure sheet created by the animator. In a paperless workflow, the animator creates and manages their own exposure sheet directly in Harmony without the need for reproduction.

If you're more of a traditional animator, you will probably work with an exposure sheet. If you're a digital animator, you may prefer to work with a timeline to visualize your timing. Harmony offers both.

The Timeline view is also used to visualize timing, and represents elements and groups of elements as layers.

In this chapter, you will learn how to work on your drawing’s exposure and length. The exposure and animation paths for symbols are covered in separate chapters.

The basic digital exposure sheet process is divided into the following steps: