Setting up eyes, iris and eyelids via Cutter & Color Override

I recently made the jump to Harmony from Animate, and am making some new character rigs in it. Right now, I’m trying to get the hang of making an efficient setup for the eyeball, iris and eyelid layers for each character, which can be pulled off more efficiently than Animate thanks to the node network, but is also more complicated for newcomers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVDIp0jx0u0 Using this video, I’ve successfully set things up so that the iris isn’t visible outside the eyeball, but I’m still having difficulty setting it up so that it disappears at the black edge of the eye (It still appears over that part currently). One thing the video doesn’t seem to go into is incorporating another layer with a similar effect for the character’s eyelid. I’d like that to appear over the iris, but otherwise function the same, complete with the desired effect of disappearing at the eye’s black outline.

Here’s how the layers currently look together: http://imgur.com/UQfsUtG
And here’s my current node view for the eye: http://imgur.com/aAZ7h6G

What elements should be adjusted to get the desired effect?

If I understand well, your main issue it to have the iris only inside the white of the eye, not over the black line. There’s several ways of achieving this.

  1. Using a colour-override filtering only the colour of the eye (white), so that the iris will be seen only over that colour. This has an issue which is the colour actually spreading until the centre of the vector line, so you’ll see the iris until the middle of the black line. You could solve this by manipulating the white area, adjusting it to the contour of the black, or by using another cutter (not inverted) to cut with the black line, using a colour-override to select only the black colour or the Line-Art module, if you have your colour and line on separate layers, but the best solution, in my view is

  2. using the Auto-Patch node. For this to work, you should have the colour (white) on the Colour Art layer and the line (black) on the Line Art layer. When you connect the Auto-Patch from the eye layer to the left port of an inverted cutter affecting the iris layer (connected to the right port) the module will adjust the colour art to the interior contour of the line art and it will cut the iris perfectly.

As for the eyelid, I suppose you want it to cover the iris, so it can be simply on top of it, and with an inverted cutter connected to the eye layer so that it would be seen only over the eye. In this case, you don’t need to worry about line and colour, I suppose.


Luis Canau

Icanau, have you noticed using the Colour art layer auto patch method there is always a 1 pixel line around the inside edge, almost like some sort of odd overlay is going on. Its really subtle but you notice it if the eye is not white or when the eyeball is overlapping the edge, does my head in.

Cheers, Jason

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Hmm, no, I did a quick test but couldn’t see that. But maybe I don’t understand what you mean :slight_smile:

Isn’t that the node setup I already have in the above picture I linked? Regardless, whether I invert the cutter or not, nothing changes.

I also can’t figure out how to re-order the peg layers. Currently, it’s the eyeball on top, the iris in the middle, and the eyelid on the bottom. Trying to drag the eyelid layer into the middle does nothing, while dragging the iris layer to the bottom causes it to disappear visually.

I really don’t understand any of this. Can anyone clarify further?

Hiya lcanau, i took a screen shot of what i mean. If you look closely you can see a 1 pixel white line around the eye lid and eyeball edge…

http://www.drawmill.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cutter-white-edge.png

Cheers, Jason

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Hi Behonkiss, if it was me, this is how i would do it and how the node view should look, hope that helps…

http://www.drawmill.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/node-view.jpg

Cheers, Jason

Harmony Premium and Storyboard Pro User

@jasonvenus
www.drawmill.com
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