Flyout Menu › Toolbar Settings › Onion Skin

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.

Extra › Cheat Sheet

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.

Mac: /Users/[username]/Documents/AnimatorsToolbar/CheatSheet.pdf
Windows: [User]\Documents\AnimatorsToolbar\CheatSheet.pdf

Flyout Menu › Toolbar Settings › Labels

Visibility and Custom Names

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.

Label Style

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.

Color Overlay options

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.

Extra › Keyboard Scripts

The Animator’s Toolbar Pro comes with a number of scripts. The scripts themselves do not control Photoshop but they send a request to the toolbar to run a specific function or process. The Keyboard Scripts can therefore be used to create keyboard shortcuts.

The Keyboard Scripts are installed in Photoshop’s scripts folder located at:

Mac: Applications > Photoshop CC > Presets > Scripts
Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop CC\Presets\Scripts

If you are uncertain about which script to link to a keyboard shortcut, just run the script manually via Photoshop’s File menu to see what it does. Installed scripts show up as menu items and scripts installed outside the scripts folder can be accessed with the browse option.

File > Scripts > [ script in scripts folder ]
File > Scripts > Browse > [ some script ]

Create a dedicated Animation Workspace

It is a good idea to create a dedicated Animation Workspace before assigning keyboard shortcuts to the toolbar’s Keyboard Scripts. By doing this you can overwrite some of Photoshop’s default keyboard shortcuts without losing them.

When a new Workspace is created it can capture the UI panel layout and keyboard shortcuts. Layout your panels like the Timeline, Toolbar, Layers etc. exactly how you want it while animating and then create a new workspace. You can switch and create workspaces from the Window menu.

Window > Workspace > New Workspace…

Give your workspace a name and choose what settings you’d like to capture for your animation Workspace. Make sure that at least the Keyboard Shortcuts option is checked.

Assign Keyboard Shortcuts

Open the “Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus” window to assign the Keyboard Scripts to Keyboards Shortcuts.

Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts…

In the “Keyboard Shortcuts” tab set the dropdown “Shortcuts For” to Application Menus and the “Set” dropdown to your desired workspace. In the “Application Menu Command” column, expand the “File” row and scroll down to the “Scripts>” section.

Click on the (empty) row next to the desired script in the “Shortcuts” column and enter/press the key combination you want to assign as a shortcut.