Palette Panel

Right clicking on your palette will make a window with different options pop up.

The contextual menu of the Palettes option will allow you to load pre-defined palettes: Grey, TVP 1, 2, 3 and 4. Newly created palettes will also appear on this list. A small check sign will let you know the name of the selected palette.

4 or 5 different options will be found under the New Palettes menu, depending on the TVPaint Animation Edition you own:

-Empty: use this option to start with a blank palette. You’ll also have the possibility to name your new palette.

-From current image: a new Palette will be created from the colors used in your current drawing. When selecting this option, a window allowing you to choose the number of colors to extract will appear. You can extract up to 256 colors. You can also reduce this number using the adjacent numeric field or mini-slider. Reducing this number can be useful to extract your drawing’s dominant colors. You can also choose to extract only one color if necessary.

-From last used colors: lets you create a new Palette from the Color History (seen earlier in this lesson). Every color used since TVPaint Animation’s opening will be added to this new Palette.

-From Image: lets you create a new Palette from an image that will need to be imported in the Library* beforehand. A text field (identical to the one found in the From current image option) will let you select how many colors you want to extract (from 1 to 256 dominant color squares).
*The Library has a dedicated chapter where you can read learn more about its management.

: The From CTG Layer option allows you to create a new Palette from the colors used in the CTG Layer you’ve selected.
You can learn more about CTG Layers in lesson 7.

You’ll also find similar options to the ones that can be found in the Mixer panel: it is possible to Duplicate, Rename and Delete a palette.

You can add the A color to your palette by selecting the Add a color option. This option will only appear if you right click on an empty space of your Palette. Adding the A color can also be achieved by simply clicking on a free space on your Palette.

If you right click on a specific color of your palette, different options will be available:

-Replace color: lets you replace (by right-clicking on one of the colors in the Palette) the selected color by the A color.

-Swap color: select a color by left-clicking on it, then right click on another color: the two colors switch places in the Palette, and the second one becomes the A Color.

-Spread: allows you to create a gradient between two selected colors. Select the first one by left clicking on it (the square is then outlined in white) and select the second one by right-clicking on it. Then, click on the Spread option to create the gradient. This option works from the left to the right and from the right to the left.

-Remove color: lets you remove the selected color.

You can also create a Custom panel from the current palette (custom panels management will be explained in lesson 11.)

Finally, you will have the possibility to change the square size with the Colors size option. By default, the size is set to ‘x2’, but you can reduce it to ‘x1’ or increase it up to ‘x8’. The screenshots below illustrate some of the various sizes the squares can be set to:


You can Load a palette or Save a palette at any time, in the File sub-menu. The resulting file will be a ‘.pal’ file.

This enables palette sharing between users, even if it is advised to use Custom panels to share brushes, colors or even scripts.

It is possible to retrieve TVPaint Animation’s default palettes by using the File > Default palette option.
Resetting TVPaint Animation’s settings will also restore the default palettes and mixers (see lesson 1 on the Startup panel and Configurations).

However, note that these last two operations will delete palettes and mixers you have created, unless you exported them beforehand.