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Created: 19 Feb 2013
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Backgrounds With Brushes

Backgrounds With Brushes

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Tutorial Number: 162
Made with: Anime Studio Pro 9.1
Level: Basic

In this Anime Studio Tutorial, we look at how to create a background using the brush settings of a simple line.

As the line can be as long as needed, this technique is ideal for long repeating / looping designs.

This tutorial comes with help from Jorge Merino - Graphic Designer. He has also very kindly provided some sample brushes for this tutorial which can be found in the supporting content.

Click here to view FREE Anime Studio Brushes

1. Copy images into brush folder

Close the Anime Studio program if you have it running

Locate the 'brushes' folder for Anime Studio and copy the brush images to this folder.

Note: You may have two installations of the program if you have a 64bit machine – so you will probably want to copy the images to the other installation as well.

If you're using Microsoft Windows, the location path will probably look like this:

C: > Program Files (x86) > Smith Micro > Anime Studio Pro 9 > Resources > Support > brushes

Or / and this:

C: > Program Files > Smith Micro > Anime Studio Pro 9 > Resources > Support >brushes

2. Draw horizontal line

Open Anime Studio

Hit 'A' key to select the 'Add Point Tool'.

Draw the line half way down, making it a little bigger than the scene.
Draw a horizontal line
FIGURE 2-1 Draw a horizontal line

Tip

Holding the 'Shift' key while drawing the second point of the line will lock it into a horizontal or diagonal projection.

3. Create the shape

We now need to turn our line into a shape that we can apply a style to.

1. Hit the 'U' key to select the 'Create Shape' tool
2. Click on the line
3. Click on the 'Create Shape' button
Create the shape
FIGURE 3-1 Create the shape

4. Apply brush settings

1. Hit the 'Q' key to select the 'Select Shape' tool
2. Click on the line
Select the line
FIGURE 4-1 Select the line

3. Click the 'No Brush' image in the style panel
4. Select the mountain scene
5. Set the brush jitter angle to 0 - we don't want the image to be rotated randomly
6. Set the brush spacing to 124 - this size works best for this image - you would need to test other numbers with other images
7. Select the 'Minimize frame-to-frame randomness' to keep the brush from jittering during the animation.
8. Hit ok to set the brush
9. Enter 250 into the line width then hit your Return/Enter key to set - again, this size works for this image
Apply the brush
FIGURE 4-2 Apply the brush

Tip

Here we set the line width to 250 to set the size - you could also put this line into a group, and resize that group layer


Tip

With the line selected, you can use the left ( [ ) and right ( ] ) brackets on your keyboard to change the line width

5. Add more layers

scroll.anme (found in the supporting files) is an example use of this technique.

Although this scene was made using only two lines, the buildings needed to be much larger than the allowed maximum line height. So it was placed in a new 'group layer' which was then resized larger.

The two layers were then moved at a different rate in the animation. This gives the perception of depth (called parallax scrolling).
Two layers - each with only a line with a brush style
FIGURE 5-1 Two layers - each with only a line with a brush style

To add to the effect of depth, you can increase the blur radius of the far objects. This is done in the layer's settings [FIGURE 5-2].
Add blur to far objects / layers
FIGURE 5-2 Add blur to far objects / layers

This technique can be applied to trees, fences, clouds, grass, water and much more. As the images are pre-drawn, Anime Studio will work quickly with these images too.
More examples of this technique, including forests, fences, and chains
FIGURE 5-3 More examples of this technique, including forests, fences, and chains


Click here to view FREE Anime Studio Brushes

Supporting Content

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Zip File Size: 415KB
Last updated: 19 Feb 2013 16:45:21
Made with: Anime Studio Pro 9.1
File Name: anime_studio_tutor_files_162.zip

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