What is Onion Skinning and How to Use It

What is Onion Skinning?

Onion skinning is a technique from 2D computer graphics that allows animators to see adjacent frames at once. That way, the animator can make decisions or edits based on how the previous frames are drawn. This feature comes in handy when you are creating even a simple sketching of a storyboard and allows you to create animations like a pro!


How to Use Onion Skinning in Animation Desk

Turn on the Onion Skin feature in the settings 4.0_icon_edit_settings.png or check the lightbulb on the bottom-left toolbar.

4.6_icon_lightbulb_on.PNG means Onion Skin feature is on.

4.6_icon_lightbulb_off.PNG means Onion Skin feature is off.

Three Onion Skin Ranges are available for you to choose depending on how you want your frames to show:

  • The previous one frame and the next one frame.
  • The previous two frames.
  • The next two frames.



Advanced Onion Skin shows your other frames in colors: the previous frames in shades of green and the next frames in shades of red. This feature is available for subscribers to Creativity 365.

See how Creativity 365 can help you streamline your work.




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