Toon Boom Har­mony

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2D An­i­ma­tion is a tough gig. It’s time con­sum­ing, la­bo­ri­ous, and fre­quently te­dious. So any tools that help get through the rough stuff and get us to the art is a boon. Toon Boom def­i­nitely has been around long enough and has es­tab­lished it­self in this niche deep enough that it knows where to place its ef­forts.

Har­mony, Toon Boom’s flag­ship soft­ware, is up to ver­sion 11 now, yet de­spite its ma­tu­rity, it is still evolv­ing. Among the myr­iad of ad­vances, I’m just go­ing to fo­cus on some of the ma­jor pieces.

There are up­sides and down­sides to us­ing raster and vec­tor brush strokes. So, Har­mony has blended them to­gether. You can mix and match lay­ers and styles so that, for in­stance, you can have a layer with your line art as a bit­map layer and get that sketchy or tex­tured look that blends with the col­ors around it, but then have a layer be­neath that for the

Shout! con­tin­ues to an­swer the des­per­ate prayers of 1990s Nick­toon fans by col­lect­ing the eight-year legacy of Craig Bartlett’s slice-of-life 2D toon in one hand­some pack­age. The 16-disc set con­tains all 99 twopart episodes and half-hour spe­cials — to­tal­ing

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