TVPaint Animation, the essential tool for the 2D Animation !

TVPaint Animation is a 2D software based on bitmap technology. Thanks to this technology, you can animate natural renderings (gouache, watercolor, oil painting, crayon, pen...) traditionally (image by image).

TVPaint Animation doesn't impose a graphical style nor a workflow. Feel free to mix animation on paper and digital animation, do rotoscopy, use different software or simply make your project with TVPaint Animation entirely.

Animation on paper and TVPaint Animation

Scan Cleaner on "LF1" by Raymond Gourrier Many people find it more comfortable to animate on paper and scan each sheet in order to ink and colorize on the computer. TVPaint Animation makes it possible to optimize their production thanks to features likes :
● the compatibility with DV camcorders and webcams, to line-test quickly your animation ;
● the "Peg holes registration", which re-aligns automatically each sheets from the peg bar holes ;
● the "Scan cleaner", which deletes white pixels (the paper) and only keeps the drawing lines. And if your drawings are really "clean", you won't need to ink them : you could directly color them.

Full animation with TVPaint Animation

TVPaint Animation contains all the necessary tools to animate without a paper stage : management of the layers and the images, light table, rotative workspace... Thanks to the custom tools already present in the software, you could even draw crayon-looking lines. And thanks to the remote, your animation will be read instantaneously : the time where you lost time with tedious line-test is over. Just click !

Avoiding those off-putting steps will make you earn time to improve your art.

"Mouse" by David T. Nethery, step by step
From the first sketches to the final compositing, you can make your projects entirely with TVPaint Animation.

Video and rotoscopy

The Battle of Cable Street - Yoav Segal TVPaint Animation imports very easily any video in most(all?) of the common formats (avi, mov, mp4, mpeg...). Importing a video or an image is really easy : a simple drag and drop into TVPaint Animation. These videos will then be placed into an animation layer as an images sequence. Thanks to this system, you could add layers above the layer containing the video and draw your key images, without affecting the original video.

And thanks to the custom brushes' "Smear source" mode, you will have an easy solution to give a crayoned or painted aspect to your videos.

The Battle of Cable Street - Yoav Segal It's also possible to mix video and animation. For example, you can integrate a person filmed before a blue background into a cartoon. You will obtain this result by combining the Keyers effects of TVPaint Animation Professional Edition to the animation layers.


TVPaint Animation contains a floodfill tool (paint bucket) with many different parameters to configure. Using the option to fill on a separate layer, you can conserve the original lines on one layer and put the coloring on the next.
You could even avoid the "holes" from an uncomplete line, in order to fill a zone, wihout overflowing. The "Auto pick color" feature combined to the Light table will allow you to pick up colors from the previous image and then, fill a zone in the current image.

Another tool, located in the Filled free hand tool, will optimize the coloring step. This feature is called "Fill inside" and allows you to circle quickly a zone to color : it is really useful, especially if your characters have a lot of details.

Thanks to the mask and the papers (textures), you will be free to add textures on a different layer.

If you wish to have advanced color renders, don't hesitate to read our solution "Drawing & Illustration", which will learn you more about the drawing tools possibilites.

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Various examples of possibles renders with TVPaint Animation

By the way, some special effects will be really useful to help you in your coloring step, such as :
• the effect "Color replacer" and "Tint replacer" (as you suppose, they allow to change a tint or a color from an image) ;
• the effect "Expand" (really handy to expand a flood fill, but it keeps the nuances of gradients and transparency) ;
• the effect "Line colorize" (that allows your lines to automatically take the color of the flood fill colors below).

Sound management

TVPaint Animation contains two important spaces above the timeline : the sound space and the timeline for notes. Thanks to these both spaces, you could manage one (with TVPaint Animation Standard Edition) or several soundtracks (with TVPaint Animation Profesional Edition), for which you can manage fades and volumes. And if you combine the sound reel, the notes and the image, creating lip-synch animation wil be simple and efficient.

Lip-synch example

Various functions

Numerous features available in TVPaint Animation will make your work easier :

● use groups to classify your layers following their contain (background, character etc...)
● the "Sketch panel", in order to draw your sketches in blue, your retakes in orange and the final ink in black into the same layer.
● the "Faux-fixe" to loop selected images within a layer.
grids, guides, fields or the safe area can be displayed
● the "Xsheet" will allow you to reuse elements from a scene
● many FX are are available (camera movements, colors management, stylize effects...) about which you will learn more by reading the Solution "Post-production & FX"
● the custom panels (named "Tool bar") will keep your custom brushes and your own buttons with scripts. These Tool bars can be exported and shared with other members of your team, so you can efficiently customize your pipeline.
● the great "out-of-pegs" feature will allow you to temporarily adjust the Light table display of your drawings, through moving , rotating and scaling. This feature makes it much easier to do inbetweening on separate parts of a drawing. It works just like it used to be done on paper by taking the drawings off the peg bar, but faster.
● the "Image Marker" will mark individual images (key image, breakdown etc...) and navigate between them.
● The "Stopwatch" will be a good ally to mark the rhythm of an animation, a dance or a music. The beat could be even turn into a storyboard, a layer or a sound.

Which version is right for me ?

100 pounds Stongo - David T. Nethery TVPaint Animation Edition Standard will satisfy your needs and will allow you to make great wonderful animated projects.

But thanks to TVPaint Animation Professional Edition you will improve your art and will benefit to :
● several soundtracks
● the Xsheet
● all the FX (the Standard Edition is missing some. More informations in the Solution "Post-Production & FX")
● the layer blending mode (read the Solution "Drawing & Illustration")