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Onion skinning is a native Photoshop functionality but the Animator’s Toolbar Pro expands on its behaviour with two extra options bound to the Onion Skin toggle button.
Photoshop includes the Background Layer in the Onion Skin view and uses the Multiply blend mode by default. When a background colour other than white is used, the overall image tends to darken while in Onion Skin Mode.
To exclude the Background Layer from the Onion Skin view you can toggle its visibility (and the document’s Transparency Grid) when the Onion Skin button is pressed.
If the Onion Skin toggle and the Background Layer’s visibility go out of sync; turn of Onion Skinning and click the “Restore visibility state” button to turn the visibility of both the Background Layer and Transparency Grid back on.
The Animator’s Toolbar Pro comes with a printable CheatSheet.pdf. The pdf is automatically installed as part of the AnimatorsToolbar folder inside the your users documents folder.
The check boxes control the visibility of the corresponding coloured button in the toolbar’s ui. By default only the first four label buttons (+ reset) are checked to save on ui space.
The textfields contain the (default) names used to rename or create/cut a layer section with the label buttons. You can change the default names to whatever you like. Label colours are visible in the timeline window and the layer stack. The colours are only used to organise your layers and don’t change the layers appearance on the canvas unless a Layer Style is applied.
If you like to revert to the default layer names just click on the “Use default layer names” button.
Tick the checkbox of the “Labels apply Color Overlay” option if you want a layer’s artwork on the canvas to be colourised with the label’s colour when a label is applied. When selected the “Toggle Color Overlay” button is added to the labels toolgroup.
Choose when the Color Overlay effect is applied by ticking one of the checkboxes next to “No Modifiers”, “Shift” or Alt.
Select “No Modifiers” if you want to apply the Color Overlay effect, every time you apply a colour label from the Animator’s Toolbar.
Select “Shift” if you want to apply the Color Overlay effect only when you choose to label and rename a selected layer.
Select “Alt” if you want to apply the Color Overlay effect only when a new layer section/frame is created with the colour label buttons from the Animator’s Toolbar.
Depending on your artwork you might want to tweak the Color Overlay effect setting for clarity. Filled shapes can turn into solid silhouettes when the default settings are used. Changing the blendmode or opacity can help to keep your artwork readable.