Drawing Menu

The Drawing menu lets you access many tools related to drawing, painting, dirt removal, optimizing strokes, and more.

Command Description
Drawing Tools

Activates a drawing tool including:

Select, Contour Editor, Pencil Editor, Cutter, Smooth Editor, Perspective, Envelope, Reposition All Drawings, Drawing Pivot, Brush, Pencil, Text, Eraser, Dropper, Morphing, Line, Rectangle, Ellipse, Polyline, Paint, Ink, Repaint Brush, Close Gap, Stroke, Edit Gradient/Texture, Hand, Zoom and Rotate View.

These drawing tools are available on the Tools toolbar.

Clean Up

Remove Dirt

Opens the Remove Dirt dialog box where you can specify the number and size of dots removal from a selected drawing.

Remove Hair

Opens the Remove Hair dialog box where you can specify the number and length of hairs for removal from a selected drawing. This removes any small strokes created in the Colour Art layer from very thick lines or filled zones. Increase the value to select larger strokes for removal from the drawing.

Close Gaps

Closes small gaps in a drawing by creating small, invisible strokes between the two closest points to close the colour zone. You do not need to trace directly over the gap. You can draw it a few millimeters away. The two closest points automatically close the gap.

Remove Art Inside Selection

Removes any art inside a selection. It is recommended that you clean your Colour Art level as well. If you have a stroke accumulation in the Colour Art, it can result in large output files, especially if you work in high definition resolutions.

Remove Art Inside Selection on All Drawings

Removes any art inside all drawings selected with the Permanent Selection option in the Select tool.

Remove Art Outside Selection

Removes any art existing outside a selection. It is recommended that you clean the Colour Art level as well. If you have a stroke accumulation in the Colour Art, it can result in large output files, especially if you work in high-definition resolutions.

Remove Art Outside Selection on All Drawings

Removes any art outside all drawings selected with the Permanent Selection option in the Select tool.

Paint

NOTE: The Paint commands require you to use the Permanent Selection option in the Select tool so you can maintain a selection over multiple drawings.

Unpaint Selection

Unpaints any art existing inside a selection.

Unpaint Selection on All Drawings

Unpaints all art contained inside a selection on all the drawings within the same layer.

Unpaint Outside Selection

Unpaints any art existing outside a selection. If no selection have been drawn using the Select tool, the entire drawing will be unpainted.

Unpaint Outside Selection on All Drawings

Unpaints all art outside a selection on all the drawings within the same layer.

Repaint Selection

Repaints any art inside a selection.

Repaint Selection on All Drawings

Repaints any art inside a selection on all the drawings contained within the same layer.

Repaint Outside Selection

Repaints any art outside a selection. If no selection has been drawn using the Select tool, the entire drawing will be repainted.

Repaint Outside Selection on All Drawings

Repaints any art outside a selection on all the drawings contained within the same layer.

Convert

Pencil Lines to Brush Strokes

Converts the selected centreline pencil strokes into contour strokes brush lines.

Brush Strokes to Pencil Lines

Converts selected contour strokes into centreline pencil strokes. The brush stroke thickness will be lost.

Strokes to Pencil Lines

Converts the selected invisible line to a pencil line.

Break Apart Text Layers

Text is treated as a single drawing object. This separates the text so each character becomes an individual drawing object you can select and modify independently.

Optimize

Flatten

Merges drawing objects and brush strokes into a single layer. If you draw new lines to fix a drawing or line with many brush strokes, it can be useful to flatten them all into a single shape. By default, lines are drawn one on top of each other. If you intend to repaint the lines or modify their shape, it will be easier if they are flattened.

Smooth

Smooths selected drawing strokes and removes extra points.

Create Contour Strokes

Adds a permanent invisible line around a shape that was drawn directly in Harmony. This allows you to unpaint lines with the Paint tool but maintain the shape of the lines, should you need to repaint later.

Remove Contour Strokes

Remove any permanently invisible lines that were created while scanning and vectorizing drawings or manually adding contour strokes. This is useful for removing the intersection triangles created during vectorization.

Remove Extra Strokes

Removes strokes inside painted area. This option only works after the painted drawing is flattened.

Optimize

Reduces the number of layers, such as overlapping brush strokes, in the selected drawing objects. Drawing objects will only be flattened and optimized if the selected objects do not change the appearance of the final image when they are merged.

Crop Brush Textures

Crops an unnecessarily large texture bitmap that lies unseen beneath the vector contour of a textured line. This often occurs when you cut and paste textured lines from one drawing into another. If you cut a portion from a textured line and paste it into a different drawing, Harmony pastes the entire unseen texture bitmap from the source drawing into the new one, even if you only took a small portion of the source drawing. Using the Crop Brush Texture command will crop away extraneous texture that does not touch the vector area. If there are many textured lines in your scene, this will greatly reduce the file size.

Reduce Drawing Texture Resolution

When you import and vectorize as texture (colour) a high resolution image, the size of your drawing can be heavy. You can reduce the size and resolution of the textures in a drawing.

Transform

Flip Horizontal

Flips the current selection horizontally.

Flip Vertical

Flips the current selection vertically.

Rotate 90 CW

Rotates the current selection 90 degrees clockwise.

Rotate 90 CCW

Rotates the current selection 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

Rotate 180

Rotates the current selection 180 degrees.

Arrange

Bring to Front

Moves the selected art to the front (on top).

Bring Forward

Moves the selected art one level forward (closer to the front).

Send Backward

Moves the selected art one level lower (behind).

Send to Back

Moves the selected art behind everything (bottom / back).

Create Empty Drawing

Creates a drawing in the selected cell, replacing any drawing that may already be exposed in that cell and the following ones until it meets another drawing, key exposure or a blank cell.

Duplicate Drawings

Lets you duplicate the drawing and work on a copy of it. This lets you modify an existing drawing but retain the original. When duplicating a drawing, the selected cell is replaced with the new drawing. The exposure of the original drawing that was on the current cell is removed. The original drawing is not deleted from the project folder or other cells in which it is exposed.

Delete Selected Drawings

Permanently removes selected drawings. Once you save your project, these drawings cannot be recovered.

Rename Drawing

Lets you give a selected drawing a new name.

Rename Drawing with Prefix

Lets you rename a drawing sequence with a prefix, which can be quite useful for cut-out puppet breakdown and deformation animation. This applies to any deformation work done in pre-Harmony 12 versions.

Rename by Frame

Lets you rename a series of drawings relative to their frame position. This is useful in hand-drawn animation.
Select Strokes with Current Colour

Lets you select drawing elements and painted areas with the same colour as the currently selected colour in your colour palette.

Distribute to Layers

Every selected stroke in the Camera view is placed on separate layers; one layer per stroke. If artwork is composed of several strokes, you must group them to put them on the same layer.

This operation cannot be done in the Drawing view.

Create Colour Art from Line Art

Lets you use the outline you traced on one of the four embedded layers (line art, colour art, overlay, underlay) and create invisible strokes to paint your drawings on separate layers. This provides more inking and painting flexibility.

You can also configure this option to create the invisible strokes on any of the four embedded layers.

Create Breaking Triangles

Useful for brush strokes, creates triangular breaks at natural line intersections. These intersections are the probable locations where colour line breaks may occur, such as where a sleeve meets a hand.

This makes it easier to soft trace lines in different colours when there are flattened or unflattened clean brush strokes.

Generate Auto-Matte

Fills colour based on currently selected colour swatch on different drawing layers (overlay, underlay) so overlapping lines are more visible during a line test.

Adjust Line Texture Opacity

 

Lets you adjust the contrast and opacity of textured lines in a drawing.
Change Vector Drawing Brush Resolution

Allows you to change the pixel density of textured brush strokes in vector drawings in your scene.

NOTE: When you create a new vector drawing, its pixel density for textured brush strokes is based on the settings in the Drawing Resolution tab of the Scene Settings dialog.

Change Bitmap Drawing Resolution

Allows you to change the pixel density and canvas size of existing bitmap drawings in your scene.

NOTE: When you create a new bitmap drawing, its canvas size and pixel density are based on the settings in the Drawing Resolution tab of the Scene Settings dialog.

Previous Drawing

When a cell is selected in the Timeline or Xsheet view, displays the previous drawing.

Next Drawing

When a cell is selected in the Timeline or Xsheet view, displays the next drawing.

Previous Layer

When a cell is selected in the Timeline or Xsheet view, displays the previous layer.

Next Layer

Once a cell is selected in the Timeline or Xsheet view, you can navigate between the drawings, frames, and layers. Displays the previous drawing, next drawing, previous layer or next layer.

When a cell is selected in the Timeline or Xsheet view, displays the next layer.

Colour Protection

Toggle Current Colour Protection

Temporarily enables/disables the Colour Protection feature so you can quickly correct wrongly inked or painted areas under protected colour without readjusting the Current Colour Protection option.

Respect Colour Protection

In the Colour view, you can protect a colour swatch to avoid repainting or unpainting the zones linked to that swatch. If you using the Paint tool and this option is deselected, you will repaint or unpaint the protected colours on your drawings until you enable the option again.