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Beata Lukasiewicz

Beata Lukasiewicz


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Welcome to the tutorial where I will explain to you where to find and how to use the Onion Skin. The onion skin tool lets you preview the previous and next drawings. There is a few ways you can turn the onion skin on. From the top menu, select View > Onion Skin > Show Onion Skin. You can also go to the Timeline View, click on the Onion Skin button next to the layer. You can also select the onion skin by going to a toolbar, or by pressing ALT and O. By default, the previous drawings appear in red and the next drawings are displayed in green. To see more or less of the onion skin drawings, press on the blue handles in the timeline and drag them across. You can choose to see, for example, only Key Frames or Breakdowns in the onion skin, by selecting the option in the Onion Skin toolbar, which you can find on the top of your Camera or Drawing view. If it's not there, go to Windows > Toolbar, and select Onion Skin toolbar.

You can also use the Top Light to modify your onion skin. In a Camera or Drawing view toolbar, click on the Top Light button. The Top Light dialogue box opens. Adjust the Onion Skin Opacity slider to modify the opacity value of the onion skin display. Click OK. You can also change the onion skin settings by going to Stage > Preferences > Drawings. On the top you can find the option Enable Onion Skin for Other Elements. On the right hand side you can change Onion Skin Render style. Choose between Normal, Enable Shade or Outline Only. You can also change onion skin maximum and minimum wash value and maximum and minimum opacity. When you are happy with your settings, press OK. That will be all about the Onion Skin in Harmony.