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About Paperless Animation

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Toon Boom Harmony is a powerful paperless animation software that incorporates animation and drawing tools to make your work easier and more efficient.

Although it is a digital process, paperless animation is still hand-drawn and the fundamental principles of animation still apply.

One of the advantages of working with paperless animation is that you do not lose time scanning elements in and testing them because everything is already digital. You can simply draw your animation and play back your line test right away. This also saves the substantial amount of paper required by traditional animation. Another practical advantage is the ability to undo and redo some actions that are often difficult on paper, such as erasing brush strokes.

NOTE: When you draw on an empty cell, Harmony automatically creates a drawing that spans over a single frame in that cell. You can adjust that drawing's timing as needed afterward. However, it is possible to create, name and set the timing of each drawing before creating your animation, which can help organize your workflow. For more information, see About Timing.