Toon Boom Har­mony 12

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It wasn’t so long ago that I was cov­er­ing Har­mony 11 from Toon Boom, when sud­denly Har­mony 12 is out with some spiffy new fea­tures along with en­hance­ments to the fea­tures I al­ready love.

Be­ing ini­tially trained as a tra­di­tional an­i­ma­tor — yes, on pa­per — I find it a joy to work with the ras­ter­ized lay­ers and bitmap brushes. The jump from Har­mony 10 to Har­mony 11 was amaz­ing. But, the Har­mony 12 brush tool set has ex­panded to in­clude a ton of nat­u­ral­is­tic brushes to get a more or­ganic feel. The toolset lets you cus­tom­ize the brushes to taste, and even mix and match dif­fer­ent brushes to­gether. I love the feel and re­spon­sive­ness to the brushes. It gives me a great deal of sat­is­fac­tion watch­ing my rough an­i­ma­tions play­back with the life that flip­ping through your pa­per felt like.

Lights shad­ing has been added. How do you light a 2D im­age, you may ask? The old method was to go through on a sec­ond pass and an­i­mate shapes for the high­lights and shad­ows. Not fun. So, Toon Boom has fig­ured out a way to pro­vide that by al­low­ing you to gen­er­ate a pseudo-3D ob­ject from your an­i­ma­tion us­ing nor­mals to fake vol­ume (a com­monly used tool in 3D an­i­ma­tion and games). Now you can dy­nam­i­cally light your char­ac­ter, giv­ing it some di­men­sion­al­ity.

OFX plug­ins can now be used in Har­mony. So, high-end im­age pro­cess­ing from places like GenArts, RE:Vi­sion Ef­fects and Dig­i­tal Film Tools can be ap­plied to your an­i­ma­tions. Flares? Glows? Go­drays? You got ’em.

Toon Boom re­leased a Unity soft­ware de­vel­op­ment kit for free in con­junc­tion with Har­mony 12’s new sim­ple bones and an­i­ma­tion set­ups that pro­vide a way to de­velop games on the Unity plat­form us­ing all the crazy cool tools al­ready in Har­mony. If you have a game idea us­ing your 2D an­i­mated char­ac­ters, there are no more ex­cuses.

Lots more stuff to look at and choose from to make an­i­ma­tion eas­ier and more pretty, but as of my last re­view, Har­mony was out of the price range for those pas­sion­ate an­i­ma­tors who

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