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What is onion skin?

on: May 03, 2017, 12:00:29 am
I've seen it a couple of times in pixel art software and forums but I have no idea what it's used for, and I couldn't find any explanation for it online. What's the purpose of it?

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Re: What is onion skin?

Reply #1 on: May 03, 2017, 12:28:51 am
It's an animation tool that shows the previous frame.

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Re: What is onion skin?

Reply #2 on: May 03, 2017, 12:47:37 am
It can show the next frame as well.

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Re: What is onion skin?

Reply #3 on: May 03, 2017, 01:01:59 am
Ooooh, that's awesome. It's gonna make animating a little bit less painful. Thanks for the info.

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Re: What is onion skin?

Reply #4 on: May 03, 2017, 12:03:41 pm
It's most efficient for higher-resolution line art, where there is not too much overlap.

There are variants and options, for example in z-uo's Pixeditor, you can display up to 3 previous and 3 next frames, and choose their opacity : typically, you want "far" frames to be much more transparent. The "future" frames get colorized in blue, the "past" frames get colorized red.