In the Timeline or Xsheet view, click in the first cell of the drawing layer.
If you want to try drawing with the Brush tool, do one of the following:
- In the Tools toolbar, select the Brush tool.
- In the top menu, select Tools > Brush.
- Press Alt + B.
If you want to try drawing with the Pencil too, do one of the following:
- In the Tools toolbar, select the Pencil tool.
- In the top menu, select Tools > Pencil.
- Press Alt + /.
- In the Presets list of the Tool Properties view, select a brush or pencil preset to use.
- Use the Maximum Size slider to select the desired size for your brush or pencil.
- To select a colour, click on the colour you wish to use in the Colour view. For more information on how to create and edit colours, see How to create or edit colour swatches.
- In the Drawing
or Cameraview, start drawing.
If you are using the Brush tool and wish to makes changes to your brush, in the Tool Properties view, click on the arrow button to open the Brush Properties dialog. In this dialog, you can customize the size, shape and smoothing of your brush.
If you press and hold the Shift key before or while drawing, you will draw a straight line.
- If you press and hold the Spacebar key while drawing a straight line, the angle of your line will lock. If you are using a pressure-sensitive tablet, you can draw over your line to adjust its thickness.
If you press and hold the Shift and Alt keys before or while drawing, you will draw a straight horizontal or vertical line.
If you press and hold the Ctrl (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ (macOS) key while drawing, your drawing stroke will turn into a closed shape.
If you press and hold Alt before drawing a stroke, and start drawing near existing artwork, the start of your drawing stroke will connect to that artwork.
If you press and hold Alt while drawing a stroke, and end your drawing stroke near existing artwork, the end of that drawing stroke will connect to that artwork.
Harmony offers multiple ways to adjust drawings. You can undo your last drawing stroke, erase parts of a drawing, move, transform or delete drawing strokes, and tweak the points and curves of your drawing strokes.
- Do one of the following:
- From the top menu, select Edit > Undo.
- Press Ctrl + Z (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ + Z (macOS).
- In the Tools toolbar, select the Eraser tool or press Alt + E.
- In the Drawing or Camera view, draw an eraser stroke over the parts of your drawing you want to erase.
- In the Tools toolbar, select the Select tool or press Alt + S.
- In the Camera view, select the drawing strokes you want to edit by doing one of the following:
- Click on a drawing stroke to select it.
- Hold Shift while clicking on a drawing stroke to add it to your selection.
- Draw a lasso around drawing strokes to select them simultaneously.
Do one of the following to edit your selection:
To reposition the selected artwork, click on it and drag where you want to position it.NOTE You can also nudge your selection using the arrow keys, and fast-nudge your selection by holding Shift and pressing the arrow keys.
To rotate the selected artwork, click and grab just outside one of the handles at the corners of the control box and rotate it.
To scale the selected artwork, click and drag on one of the control points at the corners or the middle of the edges of the control box.TIP While scaling artwork, you can preserve its proportions by pressing and holding the Shift key.
To skew, drag sideways or up and down the sides or top and bottom segments, between the control points.
- To delete, press Del (Windows/Linux) or Backspace (macOS).
The two main drawing tools in Harmony are the Brush tool and the Pencil tool. Depending on the drawing style you want to accommodate, you may prefer to work with vector or bitmap layers.
On vector layers, it is possible to draw with pencil lines, vector brushes and textured bitmap brushes. While pencil lines are merely vector centrelines to which Harmony adds the thickness, brush strokes are solid vector shapes filled with a colour, and textured brush strokes are regular brush strokes filled with a bitmap texture that filter out their colour.
On bitmap layers, you can only draw using solid or textured bitmap brushes. Hence, while vector layers are more flexible because they allow you to easily manipulate and tweak parts of your artwork, they can also accommodate more art styles.
However, if you use a textured brush on a vector layer, your brush strokes will have a bitmap texture. This means that, just like with artwork in bitmap layers, attempting to tweak or resize a textured brush stroke will require Harmony to resample the texture, which is liable to make it lose picture quality, unless its texture resolution was sufficiently increased before you started drawing.
One pitfall of using textured brushes on vector drawings is that, while bitmap drawings are always made of a single flat canvas, vector brush strokes are kept as separate objects. This means that laying on a lot of textured brush strokes on a vector drawing will require Harmony to store the texture for each of these strokes, and to composite them together in real time to display your drawing. This can cause texture-heavy vector drawings to be heavier on application performance and in file size than bitmap drawings. This is however the only case where a vector drawing is likely to be heavier than a bitmap drawing.
The following table compares the different approaches to drawing available in Harmony:
|Drawing Tool||Layer Type||Specifics|
Advantages: Very light and easy to tweak. Can be manipulated, recoloured and tweaked by the centreline. Can be zoomed in on or scaled up without losing quality.
Disadvantages: Does not support textures. Not optimized for transparency.
Recommended Use: Sketches, clean drawings with a solid and uniform outline style.
|Solid Vector Brush||Vector||
Advantages: Light file size. Reproduces traditional animation style. Can be manipulated, recoloured and edited by the contour or centreline. Can be zoomed in on or scaled up without losing quality.
Disadvantages: Cannot reproduce the look of natural media.
Recommended Use: Sketches, clean traditional animation-style drawings.
|Textured Vector Brush||Vector||
Advantages: Can reproduce the look of natural media. As capable as textured bitmap brushes, but can be manipulated, edited and recoloured like solid vector brushes.
Disadvantages: Overlapping brush strokes can make the drawing heavy on application performance and file sizes. Brush strokes of different colours cannot be flattened together. Tweaking, scaling up or zooming in on artwork is liable to make it lose texture quality.
Recommended Use: For light bitmap-style textured artwork or mixed-style artwork.
|Textured Bitmap Brush||Bitmap||
Advantages: Can reproduce the look of natural media. Better performance and lighter file size than texture-heavy vector artwork. Can be edited pixel by pixel.
Disadvantages: Brush strokes are always flattened together and cannot be modified individually. Can only be drawn or erased upon. Scaling up or zooming in on artwork is liable to make it lose picture quality.
Recommended Use: Texture-heavy bitmap artwork.