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Tools Toolbar

The Tools toolbar contains all the main tools you need to work in Storyboard Pro. 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 additional tools under the main tool. To access these tools, hold down the left mouse button until the additional tools appear, then select one.

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


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


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

Select by Colour

A mode for rapidly selecting all artwork painted or drawn with the colour you click in the Stage view. This work on a single layer.

Contour Editor

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


Lets you deform a drawing selection and alter its perspective.

Edit Gradient/Texture

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


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


A pressure-sensitive tool for drawing the final images, such as character nodes, cut-out puppet and clean animation. Creates a central vector shape.


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


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


Lets you paint both empty and filled zones.

Paint Unpainted


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.


Lets you draw straight lines which you can then edit.


Lets you draw rectangles which you can then edit.


Lets you draw ellipses which you can then edit.

Lets you pick a colour directly from a drawing.


Lets you control a morphing sequence by placing different types of hints to help Storyboard Pro morph the animation the way you want it.


Lets you pan the Camera view.


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


Lets you navigate through a scene in 3D using the following:

  • Left mouse button for rotation.
  • Middle mouse button for panning.
  • Right mouse button for zooming in and out.

3D Flying Navigation

Lets you navigate through a scene in 3D using the following:

  • Use the mouse for rotation.
  • Use the mouse wheel to move forwards or backwards.
  • Use the arrow keys and PgUp/PgDn to move in all six directions.
Layer Transform Lets you create a global selection so you can reposition, scale, rotate and skew as one unit, which is useful for cut-out characters.


Lets you make changes to the framing of scenes or panels, and animate the camera.


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

Maintain Size

Keeps the visual scale in the Camera view as you move elements in the Z-axis in the Top or Side views.

Create Layer on Surface

Creates a new layers on top of the surface over which you are hovering with the mouse cursor.