Automatically Filling Drawings with a Matte


When sketching characters with a background in Storyboard Pro, you might find that the outlines of characters clash too much with the outlines of backgrounds and that filling your character's outlines with white or another solid colour would make the panels more legible. However, since storyboarding is often a hasty process, you may not have time to fill each drawing you make manually.

The Generate Auto-Matte dialog box allows you to quickly create a colour matte to fill the inside of sketch outlines, hiding anything that is behind each object you sketch. The Generate Auto-Matte dialog will automatically determine where it must fill, even if the outlines have holes or are not closed outside of the camera frame. It will then fill the artwork by creating a layer underneath it and storing a solid colour matte in this layer.

NOTE: When an auto-matte layer is generated, all Source Layer parameters (Alignment, Export option, and Animation ) are copied to the matte layer except for opacity, which is set to 100%. The name of the generated matte layer is based on the name of the source layer with the suffix "_Matte".
NOTE: For more information about the options in this dialog, see Generate Auto-Matte Dialog Box.