The Layers Structure tab
.TVP: old TVPaint project
This format is useful for those who work with the current version of TVPaint Animation and a version older than the 9.5 version (released in September 2009), using the .TVP format (and not the current .TVPP).
You will obtain a file identical to the current clip. This option is only useful if you’ve used those older TVPaint versions.
If you want to export a project in .PSD from the Project or Clip tabs, you will export one image (or an image sequence) with all the layers merged, without transparency. If you want to export your project with its layers, you will need to use the options of the Layer tab. Three modes are available:
-Single Image: a single image from your project will be saved in a .PSD file. If that image was made of several layers, all of their instances at the same position than the selected image will be exported as well.
-Sequence: each image will be saved in a .PSD file. If that image was originally composed of several layers, the .PSD file will keep all the layers. Transparency is also preserved.
-All Layers and Frames: all layers and all images that compose your project will be exported in a single file. Each element will be saved as a layer and transparency will be preserved.
You can check the Visible Layers option in order to export the visible layers only.
This format is really useful for people working with multiple applications. It is also useful for those who need to generate an XSheet quickly.
The .CSV format generates a .CSV file (readable with Open Office or Microsoft Excel) and an image folder. Those images are in fact the first image of each instance (you can learn more about instances on lesson 3), from each layer. Each image has a name and a number (do not change them!). Combined with the .CSV file, you’ll be able to know the order in which those images are appearing, just like with a traditional XSheet.
Flix (Professional Edition only)
You can use this option to export the structure of your clip in order to import it into Flix which is a pre-production application designed for collaborative work. This export will result in a .XML file and .PSD files (one file for each image of your clip with all of your layers being kept).
The Send checkbox will allow you to send the resulting .XML file automatically to your server.
TVPaint gives you the possibility to generate a sprite sheet from your current clip: all the layers of your clip will be merged to create a sprite sheet. You can also choose the shape you want the sprite sheet to take by using the following options:
-Rectangle: generates a rectangle sprite sheet. The first image of your clip will be displayed on the upper-left corner of the rectangle:
-Horizontal (1 line): creates an horizontal sprite sheet. The first image of your clip will be the first one displayed on the left:
-Vertical (1 column): creates a vertical sprite sheet. The first image of your clip will be the first one displayed at the top:
-The Diagonal and Anti-Diagonal options allow you to create sprite sheets with a diagonal or anti-diagonal layout.