Thanks to this Library, you will have the ability to import, save, store images for each of your projets. You can manage your resources directly in TVPaint Animation.
There is one Library per Projet. It is not an unique Library for the software.
Each Library’s content is saved with the projet.
Throughout other lessons, you will see that these Libraries will be very useful for you, notably for your projects’ management: you will be able to store your backgrounds’ references or your Model Sheets for example.
A Library will have lots of advantages for transformation tools or the Image guide.
But first let’s see how it works.
To open the Library, you can use the button in the toolbar, or the Windows > Others > Image Library menu
The Library is very intuitive and can be used as an explorer.
You will find in the bottom left a New Folder button which will allow you to create folders to classify your images. You can also do the same thing by right-clicking and selecting the option Create folder. A text field will open and allow you to rename this folder as you wish. You can open each folder by double-clicking on its icon. You can create as many sub-folders as you wish inside a folder.
Inside a folder, you will find an arrow ( ) that will help you to go backwards.
By right-clicking on the folder, you will have access to another sub-menu allowing you to Rename, Delete, Delete (the) unusued images in this folder and Copy, Cut et Paste this folder. These last three functions will allow you to put some folders inside other folders or to Cut/Copy/Paste folders from one Library to another.
Under the Library’s panel title, you can see the folder and images’ path. If you have created several sub-folders, you can directly access one of them by clicking on its name.
Next to the New Folder button you will find a New Image button allowing you to import images of different formats (JPEG, PNG, etc.). Several options will then be offered to you.
Clicking on From file… will make a system explorer window or TVPaint Animation’s explorer (depending on your Preferences panel’s settings) open. Simply look for the image you wish to import and select it. Your image will be displayed with its original name and format.
The From project… drop-down menu will allow you to:
* Add the image being currently Display(ed) in the drawing area (which will be a sum of your active layers)
* Use the Image from current layer option which adds the current image of the current layer
* Use the One image per selected layer option, which adds the current images of the selected layers.
Finally, you can also select the Add custom brush current image option from this menu. This can be particularly useful in case you are using an animated brush, a tool which will be covered in lesson 11.
The Library’s contextual menu, which you can open with a right click, gives you access to several of the aforementioned functions:
You can also use this contextual menu in order to add a whole image folder from your file explorer using the Add from a folder option.
By right-clicking on an image, you have access to another sub-menu that will allow you to Rename, Delete, Copy, Cut and Paste this image. These last three functions will allow you to put some images in folders or to Cut/Copy/Paste images from one Library to another.
You can also Create a custom brush from this image or Create a New Project from this image. The new project will automatically open according to the chosen image’s parameters, of course creating a new Library.
The bottom-right button will allow you to modify your images or folders’ display, from 50 to 150%, for a better visibility.
The Library will only be saved if you save the project. If you only made changes in the Library and close your project, there will not be any warning for the Library.
You can leave the Library panel always open if you wish. It will not prevent you from draw, animate or accessing other features. You can also drag it in the Drawers .
The size of your project increases with the number of images you add in the Library.