Studio Artist Tips and Technical Guide

  • Erasing the Canvas and Setting the Canvas to the Source Image


    This tip will discuss how to erase the Studio Artist 4 canvas. You can use the Eraser button located in the main operation toolbar (as shown above), or you can use the appropriate Canvas : Erase menu command. We will also discuss the differences between the old erase to background controls in previous versions of Studio Artist and the new erase controls.

    If you are interested in setting the canvas to the source image, you can jump to reading the last section at the very bottom of this tip which discusses the different ways to do this.

  • Procedural vs Keyframe MSG Animation

    MSG presets can be used to create abstract imagery or image and video processing effects. The individual editable parameters associated with MSG presets can be modulated over time to build dynamic animation or processing effects. This tip will take a look at 2 different approaches to building MSG animations. They are procedural animation via attaching temporal generators (TG) to individual editable parameters, and keyframe animation created by keyframing different parameter settings in a paint action sequence (PASeq).

  • Version 4 Workspace

    Studio Artist version 4 has a new workspace interface. The main canvas is located in the center of the main workspace window. Control palettes can be flexibly docked at the borders of the main workspace. You have a lot of flexibility to custom organize the workspace based on your personal preferences.

  • Hand Paint Touchup to an Existing Movie File

    Studio Artist provides many different ways to generate or process movie files. Sometimes it might be desirable to hand paint or otherwise modify individual frames in a pre-existing movie file. This tip discusses how to use movie layers to do some hand paint touchup to an existing paint animation movie previously generated in Studio Artist by animating a Paint Action Sequence.

  • Sequential Keyframe Recording

    Sequential Keyframe Recording is a feature available when working with Paint Action Sequences (PASeq) to generate hand painted animations or movies. Sequential Keyframe Recording can be used to help automate some of the repetitive and tedious issues associated with building up interpolated keyframe animation from a series of hand drawn sketches or paintings. This tip will discuss working with sequential keyframe recording in detail.

  • PASeq Editor Options

    There are a number of different user configurable Paint Action Sequence (PASeq) Editor parameter options. These user adjustable options allow a user to control PASeq playback associated with masking, layer and view changes, path layer record options, and source color memories. The PASeq Editor parameters are stored as a part of a PASeq preset file. This tip will discuss the PASeq Editor parameters in more detail.

  • PASeq Preference Options

    There are a number of different adjustable Paint Action Sequence (PASeq) preference options you can use to fine tune the behavior of PASeq playback based on your personal workflow needs. These include options for controlling when the Editor and canvas are updated during PASeq playback as well as how keyframe interpolation works.  This tip will discus the PASeq preference options in more detail.

  • Introduction to Paint Action Sequences

    Paint Action Sequences ( or PASeq ) are what you use to combine together different manual or automatic processing or painting steps into a script that can be saved as a preset file. You can use PASeqs to build processing effects that are composed of a number of different individual action steps that work together to build the overall visual effect. PASeqs can record all of your individual manual or automatic  painting steps, which can then be edited or adjusted and then replayed into a new blank canvas. You also use PASeqs to build intelligent scripts that process movie files.  This tutorial will focus on explaining how to work with paint action sequences.

  • Organizing Presets with Custom Favorites Categories


    Studio Artist provides several different ways to organize and access presets when working. Favorites folders are designed to provide an easy way for individuals to customize preset access to better serve their individual workflow needs. This tutorial will discuss how to make your own custom preset Favorites categories.