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Learning Toon Boom Harmony Essentials

Video Description

In this Learning Toon Boom Harmony Essentials training course, expert author Tony Ross will teach you about the tools and techniques available in this powerful animation software. This course is designed for the absolute beginner, meaning no previous experience with Toon Boom is required.

You will start by learning how to use the interface, then jump into learning how to use the shape tools, including the line tool, rectangle, ellipse, and polyline tool. From there, Tony will teach you how to use the drawing and editing tools in Harmony, as well as work with color, work with the timeline and layers, import files, and animate in Toon Boom Harmony. This video tutorial also covers how to rig a cut-out character, including how to rig the arms and legs, paint the character, adjust the layer hierarchy, and set up a master peg. Other topics that are covered include creating a simple walk cycle, animating a lip sync, adding effects to your animations, and working with the camera. Finally, you will learn how to export your scene.

Once you have completed this computer based training course, you will have learned how to use the tools available in Toon Boom Harmony to create your own character animations. Working files are included, allowing you to follow along with the author throughout the lessons.

Table of Contents

  1. Welcome
    1. Introduction And Course Overview 00:01:14
    2. About The Author 00:00:40
    3. Using The Exercise Files 00:01:16
    4. Get Harmony Essentials Or Demo 00:00:42
    5. How To Access Your Working Files 00:01:15
  2. Transitioning To Harmony
    1. Harmony Versus Flash 00:02:15
    2. Harmony Essentials Versus Toon Boom Studio 00:01:42
    3. Comparing The Three Editions Of Harmony 00:01:53
  3. How To Use The Interface
    1. Interface And Workspace Overview 00:01:59
    2. Setting Preferences 00:02:11
    3. Saving Custom Workspaces 00:01:33
    4. Adding Toolbars 00:01:58
    5. Save Preferences 00:01:47
  4. Using The Shape Tools
    1. Line Tool 00:03:29
    2. Rectangle 00:02:21
    3. Ellipse 00:01:33
    4. Polyline Tool 00:04:31
    5. Shortcut Keys And Tools 00:02:46
  5. Drawing And Editing Tools In Harmony
    1. Brush 00:05:08
    2. Pencil 00:03:09
    3. Select 00:03:26
    4. Cutter 00:01:45
    5. Contour Editor 00:02:30
    6. Smooth Editor 00:02:18
  6. Working With Color
    1. Adding Colors 00:03:20
    2. Creating Palettes 00:03:04
    3. Paint Tool 00:04:19
    4. Updating Colors 00:02:52
  7. Working With The Timeline And Layers
    1. Adding Layers 00:04:17
    2. Onion Skin 00:02:30
    3. Drawing Substitutions 00:05:21
    4. Duplicating Versus Cloning Layers 00:05:18
    5. Layer Groups 00:01:38
    6. Color Card Layers 00:02:10
  8. The Camera Versus Drawing View
    1. Using The Drawing View 00:03:32
    2. Using The Light Table And Top Light 00:02:07
    3. Adjusting Onion Skin 00:01:55
    4. Using The Grid 00:01:57
    5. Drawing Position In Camera Versus Drawing View 00:03:17
  9. How To Import Files
    1. Importing Illustrator Files 00:04:01
    2. Importing Photoshop Files 00:05:30
    3. Importing Flash 00:02:09
    4. Importing Sound 00:02:33
    5. Importing Video 00:01:56
  10. Animating In Toon Boom Harmony
    1. Harmony Animation Basics 00:04:27
    2. Setting Pivot Points 00:04:36
    3. Setting Ease In And Out 00:03:39
    4. Creating Cycles 00:03:28
    5. Symbols Versus Drawings 00:04:02
    6. Adding Pegs 00:06:05
  11. How To Rig A Cut-Out Character
    1. Character Design 00:04:25
    2. Dividing Up Pieces Into Layers 00:05:35
    3. Inking The Character 00:05:02
    4. Rigging The Arms 00:05:48
    5. Rigging The Legs 00:04:58
    6. Painting The Character 00:04:50
    7. Adjusting Layer Hierarchy 00:02:19
    8. Hiding Hinges Via Painting 00:02:47
    9. Hiding Hinges Using Patches 00:06:20
    10. Rigging The Head 00:07:53
    11. Rigging The Eyes 00:05:10
    12. Animating A Blink 00:05:46
    13. Setting Up A Master Peg 00:05:08
  12. Creating A Simple Walk Cycle
    1. Setting The Keys 00:05:19
    2. Setting The Tweens 00:03:10
    3. Adjusting The Keys 00:03:03
    4. Adding The Cycle To A Peg 00:04:52
  13. Animating A Lip Sync
    1. Adding Phonemes 00:04:07
    2. Importing Sound 00:04:35
    3. Using Auto Lip Sync 00:03:30
    4. Tweaking Auto Lip Sync 00:06:15
  14. Adding Effects To Your Animations
    1. Glow 00:03:41
    2. Shadow 00:03:24
    3. Blur 00:01:47
    4. Cutter 00:03:12
  15. Working With The Camera
    1. Setting Up Backgrounds And Foregrounds 00:04:38
    2. Using The Top And Side Camera Views 00:01:23
    3. Animating The Camera 00:04:09
    4. How To Parent The Camera With Other Drawings 00:02:03
  16. Exporting Your Scene
    1. Basic Movie Export 00:03:31
    2. Exporting Still Images 00:02:35
    3. Joining Scenes In Other Programs 00:03:47
    4. Exporting For Upload 00:02:00
  17. Closing
    1. Wrap Up 00:00:42