Starting a Project with TVPaint Animation

Morr Meroz Filmmaking, Hardware / Software

In these 3-part video series we go over starting a project in TVPaint Animation, from storyboarding to a finished animatic.

These lessons are taken from our full TVPaint Animation course. The course includes 36 HD lessons, teaching frame-by-frame animation, camera movement, 2D visual effects and much more.

Part 1: Storyboarding

Part 2: Publishing your storyboard

Part 3: Making an animatic

YouTube Tutorials are great. But…

I love looking for tutorials and articles online. I’m sure you are too (that’s probably how you found this page), but they can only take you so far.

You might find the answer to a question you have, but what if you’re starting from scratch?

The 3 lessons in this article will give you a taste of what TVPaint is capable of, but to truly learn how to use the program to its full potential, I really do believe you need a structured course.

Wanna know more about our TVPaint Animation course?TVPaint Animation course

You can get all the details here (including the course’s lesson structure), but here’s the gist of it:

We’ll start by going over the TVPaint interface. Understanding how to work with the project window, the timeline and how to set different preferences. Then, we’ll go over the basic drawing tools, custom brushes, sketch pens, setting guidelines and transforming objects.

Before starting to animate, we’ll learn how to storyboard our project and export an animatic. We’ll then prepare our project for animation. Once we’re ready for animation, we’ll cover all the tools necessary: The light table, flipping, clean-up, coloring, texturing and demonstrate how to animate an entire shot from start to finish.

Once our animation is ready, we’ll learn how to use TVPaint’s special effects. We’ll cover lighting, toon-shading, multiplane camera as well as how to export our final shot.

Take hand-drawn animation to the max

TVPaint is a high-end professional animation software, focused on traditional hand-drawn animation style. We’re talking old-school Disney/Ghibli quality. I’ve brought in an amazing 2D animator to take you through this sophisticated program, and I truly believe he created the best TVpaint course out there.