Switch Layer Tutorial: If you’re a beginner, this tutorial is for you.
How to use switch layers in Anime Studio:
One of the most common questions I get is, “How do I use Anime Studio’s switch layers? I change things, but they don’t stick.”
The most common mistakes:
- Without a doubt, the most common mistake is that people don’t right click their mouse in the layers tree to set a keyframe. If you choose the right keyframe for the switch, but you only left click to make the change, you’re only previewing what it would look like if you set that switch permanently. To set it, you must right click the switch layer folder in the layers tree, and check the layer you want it to switch to.
- Setting a switch layer on the wrong keyframe or too many on the same keyframe. While this isn’t as common as #1, people still do this one a lot, especially when they’re new to animation. They make a character do a bunch of actions, but they do them all on frame zero. Your character needs to move over time! That’s why there’s a timeline. Think of each frame as a split second in time. If you made your cartoon character do a bunch of arm movements in a waving motion on one keyframe, the only one that got captured was the very last one.