can someone explain how to work the color scale effect, please?

I’ve been trying to get the effect to work for about 10 minutes and can’t seem to figure it out. The documentation didn’t help much. I don’t understand what I’m supposed to do exactly, if someone could give me a little help I would really appreciate it.

If you like, here is a short video demonstration using the Colour-Scale-Effect: sound, it’s all fairly simple and self-explanatory)RegardsNolan

I must be missing something because mine isn’t doing what I think his is doing. It looks like he’s making a color-scale layer, attaching a one-frame drawing to that then making key frames in the color-scale layer in layer properties and then moving the handle down. When I do this my drawing stays only on the first frame and if I extend it myself it still doesn’t seem to be effected by moving the bar up and down.

Hmmm… should work like explained in the video demonstration…Check out this video and try if that works better: full-screen viewing you might like and download that file)regardsNolan

Thank you, this helped a lot. Not sure why I couldn’t get it to work earlier other than setting the parameters of the effect using the controls on the left of the time line instead of layer properties. The only difference I noticed was that I need to extend my drawing along with the effect whereas in the sample video I didn’t notice that being necessary. Also, on the video it looked like you started with darker colors and made them lighter or maybe made some kind of color overlay? Is this a better method? Could I somehow color the begining and end drawings myself and have the computer only render the transition or can this only be done in the way it’s shown in the video? Uh, if you have better things then to answer those questions its all good, I’m just glad to be able to work the effect now. Thanks again. One more thing, do you have any more video tutorials or know where I can find some decent ones? I’ve watch all the ones on the toonboom site but everything hasn’t been covered, at least not yet and the googleing I’ve done hasn’t found to many results beyond the very basic.

The Colour-Scale-Effect lets you either manipulate whole sceneries, like in the video,by creating ambient transitions, e.g. from daytime to nighttime…Or any single drawing, using the available channels, e.g. Red, Green, Blue, Alpha…etc.Lets say you’re drawing a red circle at frame 1 and a green circle at frame 50.Using the Colour-Scale-Effect for a smooth fading from red to green would be the wrong tool…Using only the red colour wit the the Colour-Scale-Effect wouldn’t work either.I presume, it doesn’t offer Additive RGB values ? like TB Studios “Colour Transform Effect”Using the Transparency Effect, one needs to draw two separate layer, red and green… Applying the Transparency-Effect to the red layer and key-framing it out over time,will indeed give a smooth transition from red to green…Lilly might be so kind and elaborate a little more about her Blending / Transparency Technique regarding Animate 2…The “Morphing Tool” wouldn’t give you the expected result either…? No smooth fading between red and green…?For more Tutorials check out these websites:

Hi Lilly,Thank you very much for sharing this unique technique…It’s always exciting learning something new…RegardsNolan

I find that the Colour Scale effect is not always the most intuitive way of doing things, so I’ll often use a Blending effect with an attached drawing layer and then I’ll use one of the Blending options like Multiply or Overlay and with this connected to a transparency module then I can just animate the transparency. It’s just a little more visual that way.

You definitely need to extend the exposure of any drawing layers that are connected to an effect. :slight_smile:


Here I did a quick example of how to do the Blending with transparency effect:

So I have a drawing that is just basically a rectangle filled with a colour. In this case, if I want to go to a night-time scene, I can make this colour a dark blue. If I wanted to change it to a sunset or something, then I would have the colour be a pink or orange colour.

Then you attach this rectangle layer to a transparency effect, and the transparency effect to a blending node. In effect now I’m using the rectangle as an overlay, like a film on top of everything that’s underneath it. I choose one of the Blending options, like Multiply.

Then, to animate from one colour to another, I animate the transparency. I will start out at 100% transparent, for no effect, and then I will animate it down to 50% transparency or so for full effect.

Of course the same effect can be done in Animate Pro, and the advantage there is that you can get more complex combinations of modules to get some neat effects.