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Using the Onion Skin in Cut-out Animation

When animating cut-out characters, it is useful to see the previous and next frames on the animation. However, it can sometimes be confusing to see the onion skin for every part of the character. You will often only want to see the onion skin on a single part or a few parts, such as the arm that is currently being animated.

While animating in the Camera view, there is a series of different onion skin options. You can enable these options in the menu or manually in the Timeline view using the layer's Show Onion Skin button. Only selected layers will be displayed in the onion skin preview; you can change the display options when you use the onion skin.

Add to Onion Skin

The Add to Onion Skin command adds a series of selected elements to the onion skin preview. The keyboard shortcut is Shift + S.

Remove from Onion Skin

The Remove From Onion Skin command removes a series of selected elements from the onion skin preview.

Remove Unselected from Onion Skin

The Remove Unselected from Onion Skin command removes all elements except the ones selected from the onion skin preview.

Add All to Onion Skin

The Add All to Onion Skin command adds all scene elements to the onion skin preview. The keyboard shortcut is Alt + Shift + O.

Remove All from Onion Skin

The Remove All Onion Skin command removes all scene elements from the onion skin preview. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + Shift + O (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ + Shift + O (macOS).