FlipBook User’s Guide
FlipBook is made for people who love to draw and want to do traditional 2D animation. The major studios and top animation schools use FlipBook because it works the way animators want to work and it’s easy to use so it doesn’t get in the way of your creativity. This User’s Guide is really short because FlipBook is so easy to use.
The main window is where you will draw, paint and play your animation. It’s just like a media player with a few extra options for editing. You can pan, zoom and rotate the image to make easier to work on. The tools bars at the top and bottom of the window give you everything you need to produce broadest quality animation.
The Xsheet is the animator’s timeline. It’s vertical because that’s the way professional animators are used to working. So every row is a frame, every column is a level and each level has two layers, ink (the pencil lines) and paint. Images in one frame will automatically hold through the following frames until they are replaced by another image or you Stop the Hold. To Stop the Hold touch and hold any empty cel and select Stop Hold from the popup menu.
To Insert, Add or Delete frames click on the >, +, – icons at the bottom of the Xsheet or you can touch and hold any frame number to pop up a menu with the relevant options.
To add levels touch and hold the level header to bring up the level dialog. The stepper control lets you add levels and although you cannot delete levels, you can limit the number of levels that appear in the Xsheet. In addition to adding levels you can also rename each level, step through the levels or lock and hide levels as well. To unhide your levels just click on the Show all levels command.
Click on a frame number to display that frame as if you has paused the video playback on it.
Drag and Drop works on any cel that has an image in it.
Touch and hold on any cel to get a popup menu to let you Cut, Copy and Paste or Stop a Hold.
FlipBook’s Light Box is uniquely powerful yet very simple. It works automatically to let you see exactly the images you want ghosted behind the one you’re working on. When you open an image it goes on top of the stack, just like on a traditional animation disc. You can control how many you want on the stack and the bottom ones are automatically removed when there are too many. You also have the option to keep the background image on at all times.
To animate straight just click on the next cel and draw in it. The previous drawings will appear ghosted behind the one you’re working on.
To animation pose to pose and do in-betweens, just click on the poses you want to see and then click on the in-between cel to start drawing.
Touch and hold the color icon to open the palette.
FlipBook’s color palette lets you add all the colors you want to make your scenes look exactly the way you want them to. The main difference between our palette and others is that we let you set an opacity level for each color in the palette. This way you don’t have to keep adjusting the opacity of your tool every time you want to paint something that is not completely opaque.
FlipBook lets you have multiple palettes within a scene so you can have a separate palette for each character or object it you want. This makes it easier to see just the colors you want to see no matter what you’re drawing or painting.
In FlipBook you can draw with a stylus or with your fingers if you’re on an iPad or an iPhone.
Drawing with a stylus is much more natural and makes it easier to get better results. Pressing down makes the lines darker and thicker. But you can set the minimum and maximum line width in the Pencil dialog. You can also choose between a few different style lines.
If you don’t have a stylus you can still draw with your fingers. Drawing faster will make the line thinner and drawing slower will make it fatter. The thickness and the thinness are control by the settings in the Pencil dialog.
Mac – Wacom or other drawing tablets work well whether they are display tablets or not.
iPad – Drawing with an Apple Pencil is the best but you can use your fingers too.
iPhone – Fingers only
The bucket is your painting tool. It fills paint inside the ink lines that you draw with the pencil tool. To erase paint select the bucket and the eraser.
The cool thing about the bucket is that it doesn’t stop filling at the edge of the pencil line. It actually fill beneath the line too. This makes the lines blend better with the paint and with the background.
Brush – Coming Soon
Playing is pretty obvious but there are a few extra features you should know about.
When the scene is paused, you can step forward or backward through the scene with the +1 and -1 icons.
A touch and hold on the fast forward or rewind icons will take you directly yo the end or the beginning of the scene.
The Flip icon works like when animators flip the drawings between their fingers. Right now it only flips between the current image and the previous image but one of these days it will let you flip through several images.
Coming Soon – Pan, Zoom, Rotate, Blur and Dissolve (fade)
The Sharing icon opens a dialog to choose what part of your scene you want to share or export and then it opens Apple’s dialog to let you save the output to a file on your computer or share it directly with your favorite social media or messaging apps.