Using Symbols and Onion Skin Troubleshoot


I’m having an issue getting my onion skin to work while animating symbols. It works for everything else but seems to quit when it comes to symbols. I’m guessing it’s a simple mistake on my part but I’m stuck. Any help would be much appreciated!

Thank you!

Greetings, mfoltzgray,

This is not an issue I am familiar with, so I don’t have an immediate answer for you, but I will try my best to help you solve you issue!

I have a few questions for you:

  • What is the exact version and edition of the software are you using? (ex: Harmony Premium 16.0.01) You can find this information in the tab ‘‘about harmony’’.

  • Is there a particular reason why you are using Symbols in Harmony? It is usually more advisable to use Pegs to move drawings around.

Have you tried attaching a peg to the element you are trying to move instead of putting it in a symbol?
I haven’t heard the onion skin having problems with the Pegs so far, and they are mostly similar to symbols in their common usage.

My immediate solution would be to propose the usage of Pegs over symbols and see if it solves your problem.

May I suggest that you send us the scene in which you are experiencing the issue? It would help us in finding a solution.
You can drop the compressed file here:

Don’t forget to compress the folder containing the whole project, and not just the .stage file.

Have a nice day!

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