Tip of the Week - Using Symbols

Montreal, Canada - May 02, 2012

Toon Boom Tip of the Week In the latest installment of our Tip of the Week series of Animation tutorials our resident expert and Professional Product Manager, Lilly Vogelesang, will walk you through the best and most efficient way to use Symbols in our professional software.

So what is a Symbol? A Symbol is a container or construction block used to build your props, puppets and looping clips. Use Symbols to contain artwork and animation, to manipulate them as a single object, or as a case holder where you will put a series of different drawings for each body part of your puppets.

There are two videos:

Symbols Part 1

In the first video which lasts around seven and a half minutes, Lilly will discuss:- Digitizing a traditional process; How to create a hierarchy in Toon Boom; She will then go on to discuss how to create a hierarchy in Symbols; You will find out about nesting symbols; Learn about how to animate nested Symbols; Lilly will then take a look at a cut-out character; and finally, working with Symbols for cycles.

Symbols Part 2

In the second part which lasts nine minutes, Lilly will continue by Drawing a Skateboard; How to make a change to something in the Symbol; She will then go on to discuss how to disable a layer for animation; You will find out about using a Symbol’s pivot point; and finally, you will learn about bringing in a Symbol with a cycle.

So get comfortable, watch the video and learn how to experience a better way to more efficient and satisfying animation, with our Tip of the Week.

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