About Bitmap Images

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Images can come in many different file formats and are usually saved in a format that retains the original specifications set by the image creator. Some formats can preserve the transparency or transparent layers, while others are not resolution dependent due to their vector nature. Toon Boom Harmony supports the following bitmap image formats: JPEG, BMP, PNG (16 bits per channel RGB and RGBA), TGA, PSD (16 bits per channel), TIFF, SGI, TVG, OMF, PAL, SCAN.

When importing a bitmap image, you must decide how Harmony must process it. You can choose between the following options:

  • Keep as Original Bitmap : This imports the image exactly as is and ensures that it cannot be modified when working on the scene. This is useful for using backgrounds that were created in different software in your project.
  • Import as Toon Boom Bitmap Drawing: This imports the image as is, but allows you to edit it using Harmony's bitmap drawing tools—see About Vector and Bitmap Layers.
  • Import as Toon Boom Vector Drawing : Converts a bitmap into Toon Boom vector art, which can easily be painted and edited using Harmony's vector drawing tools. This can be useful for importing line art scanned or created using a different software.

When importing images or 3D models, or when linking images, the settings used to import are saved in your user settings.