Tools Toolbar

The Tools toolbar contains the main tools you need to work in Harmony. In the default workspace, this toolbar located on the left-most side of the interface. A small triangle at the lower-right corner of a tool indicates that additional tools can be selected in a pop-up menu. To access these tools, either click and hold on the tool button, or select the tool then click on it again.

By default, the Tools toolbar displays several of its tools in pop-up menus that must be opened. It is possible to make the Tools toolbar display every tool in its individual button instead by enabling the Flat Tools Toolbar preference. This makes the selection of tools quicker. However, because there is not enough vertical space to display all tools, some tools will be hidden from the Tools toolbar by default. Which tools are displayed in the Tools toolbar when Flat Tools Toolbar is enabled can be customized. The order in which tools are listed in Flat Tools Toolbar mode can also be customized.

Tool Name Icon Description

Select

Allows you to select and reposition, scale, rotate and skew brush strokes, pencil lines, shapes and other parts of your artwork.

Cutter

Allows you to cut a part of your artwork, then reposition, scale, rotate and skew it.

Reposition All Drawings

Allows you to reposition, scale, rotate and skew all drawings in the current layer.

Contour Editor

Allows you to edit the vector contours of brush strokes, pencil lines and shapes in your artwork. You can add, remove, tweak and move vector points, move the Bezier handles of the vector points as well as deform vector outlines.

Centerline Editor

Allows you to tweak and deform a brush stroke by manipulating the points at the centre of its line rather than its contour.

Smooth Editor

Allows you to optimize contours and lines by removing its extra points, making them easier to edit.

Perspective

Allows you to deform artwork by applying a perspective effect on it.

Envelope

Envelope Tool Icon

Allows you to deform and warp artwork by moving points and tweaking lines in a grid.

Edit Gradient/Texture

Allows you to adjust the position, angle and size of gradients and textures in a colour zone.

Brush

A pressure-sensitive tool for creating a contour shape with a thick and thin line effect, as if created with a paint brush.

Pencil

A pressure-sensitive tool for drawing outlines. Pencil lines are made of central vector lines, making them easier to tweak and edit than brush strokes.

Text

Allows you to add text and to format it.

Eraser

A pressure-sensitive tool for erasing parts of a drawing.

Paint

Allows you to fill colour zones with a colour or texture.

Paint Unpainted

Allows you to quickly fill empty zones in your artwork with a colour or texture, leaving filled zones unchanged.

Unpaint

Allows you to empty filled colour zones of their colour and texture.

Stroke

Allows you to create invisible lines that can serve as colour zones that can be filled, or close the gaps in existing colour zones.

Close Gap

Allows you to close open shapes so that they can be filled with the Paint tool. By drawing a stroke near a small gap in a shape, this tool will create a small invisible stroke connecting the two closest points around the gap.

Line

Draws a straight line segment going from one point to the other.

Rectangle

Draws a rectangle.

Ellipse

Draws an ellipse.

Polyline

Allows you to draw shapes, segmented lines or complex curved lines by clicking to create each point in the sequence of line segments.

Dropper

Allows you to select a colour by clicking on a colour in your artwork.

Hand

Allows you to pan the Camera and Drawing views.

Zoom

Allows you zoom in and out of the Camera and Drawing views.

Rotate View

Lets you rotate the Camera and Drawing views just like with a real animation disc.

Shift and Trace

Allows you to temporarily move drawings so you can trace over them in other drawings using Onion Skin.

Animate Current Frame

When this option is selected, every time you use the Transform or Advanced Animation tools to manipulate an element in your scene, the position of the element will be stored in a keyframe at the current frame. This allows you to animate elements in your scene without creating keyframes manually.

Animate Onion Skin Range

When this option is selected, if you use the Transform or Advanced Animation tools to make transformations to an element in your scene, the transformations will be stored as keyframes at the beginning and at the end of the current Onion Skin range, as well as on every existing keyframe in-between. This can be useful if you want to reposition an element that you have already animated, but only during a specific range of frames, which you can define by enabling Onion Skin and setting the Onion Skin range to cover that range of frames.

Animate Off

When this option is selected, if you use the Transform or Advanced Animation tools to make transformation to an element in your scene, the transformations will affect the element throughout the whole scene. This can be useful if you want to reposition an element after you have already animated it.

Transform Allows you to select drawing layers and position, rotate, scale and skew them.
Onion Skin

Displays the previous and next frames of an animation. Useful when animating cut-out characters.

Advanced Onion Skin

Enables Advanced Onion Skin, a more flexible kind of Onion Skin that can be easily configured using the Onion Skin view.