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Tools Menu

The Tools menu lets you access all the main tools you need to work in Storyboard Pro.

Command Description

Select

Lets you select brush strokes, pencil lines, shapes and other parts of your artwork.

Select by Colour

Lets you rapidly select all drawing parts painted or drawn with the colour you have selected in the Colour view.

Contour Editor

Lets you add, remove or modify points on a vector line and control them.

Cutter

Lets you cut a drawing area to move, copy, cut or delete it.

Perspective

Lets you deform a drawing selection and alter its perspective.

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 the final images, such as character nodes, cut-out puppet and clean animation. Creates a central vector shape.

Eraser

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

Rectangle

Lets you draw straight lines which you can then edit.

Ellipse

Line

Text

Lets you type text in your project using various fonts and text attributes.

Paint

Lets you paint both empty and filled zones.

Paint Unpainted

Lets you paint only empty zones. Lines and filled zones remain unchanged.

Unpaint

Lets you unpaint empty and filled zones.

Close Gap

Lets you close small gaps in a drawing by creating small, invisible strokes between the two closest points.

Edit Gradient/Texture

Lets you modify the position of a gradient or texture colour within a specific zone.

Dropper

Lets you pick a colour directly from a drawing.

Hand

Lets you pan the Camera view.

Zoom

Lets you zoom in and out of the Drawing or Camera view.

Rotate View

Lets you rotate the Drawing or Camera view just like with a real animation disc. Can also be used in Perspective view.

3D Navigation

3D Flying Navigation

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).

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.

Convert

Pencil Lines to Brush Strokes

Changes a centre line pencil stroke to a contour line brush stroke.

Brush Strokes to Pencil Lines

Changes a centre line (pencil) stroke to a contour line (brush) stroke.

When drawing on vector layers, you may want to change brush strokes to pencil lines to convert contour strokes into centre line pencil strokes.

NOTE: Any line thickness information is lost upon conversion from brush to pencil.

Strokes to Pencil Lines

Break Apart Text Layers

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

NOTE: After your text has been broken apart twice, into a regular drawing object, you can use all the drawing tools such as the Eraser tool, on the drawing. Be aware that if you want to use the Perspective tool on the text, you should create the text on a vector layer before breaking it apart twice; then you can use the Perspective tool on it.

Layer Transform

Lets you reposition, scale, rotate and even skew layers in the Camera view.

Maintain Size

Scales drawing layers when they are moved on the Z-axis to preserve their size in the camera.

Create Layer on Surface

Creates a new layer on top of the hovered surface.

Camera

Lets you add camera movements to scenes and set keyframes to animate it over time.

Reframe

 

Lets you set the position of the content of the panels for the entire scene so it fits the camera frame you defined.

NOTE: When setting the camera frame using the Reframe tool, it is not possible to reset it to its former position.

Flatten

Merges 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.