WHAT IS NEW IN HARMONY 14?
Toon Boom Harmony is the most complete and efficient solution for your animation projects, whether you are producing television, web series or film. Harmony has powerful, creative tools for every animation artist – you can draw, ink & paint, create character rigs and animate, plus do compositing and camera work all in one place.
Available on Windows and Mac OS X, Harmony can be used for traditional, paperless and cut-out productions. It’s a sophisticated and flexible tool with both bitmap and vector drawing technology, and timesaving animation deformers that provide greater control and better quality.
Harmony comes in three editions tailored to meet the creative needs and budget of different customers.
Harmony Essentials: Basic animation capabilities with vector as the primary drawing technology for artists who want to create paperless and cut-out style animation.
Harmony Advanced: Designed for professionals, with vector and bitmap drawing technology plus additional art and animation tools.
Harmony Premium: The most powerful and complete solution that offers maximum flexibility to studios and professional artists that require advanced tools for state-of-the-art character rigs, organic movement, and special effects.
New in Harmony 14
Harmony 14 is the most reliable, efficient and creative release of Harmony to date with performance improvements, user-requested enhancements and better 3D integration. It is also available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and, for the first time, Spanish.
Having Harmony's powerful drawing, painting and animation tools plus workflow accelerators available in more languages enables more artists to create animated stories in any artistic style.
Better 3D Integration
The 3D toolset in Harmony lets you easily combine imported 3D models with 2D artwork. Harmony Premium 14 streamlines production with enhanced 3D animation capabilities and new deep image compositing.
Enhanced 3D animation means you can now animate 3D models and their individual parts directly in Harmony 14 - which means no more back and forth with 3D software. You have more creative control when integrating 3D elements with 2D characters in a unified environment.
New deep image compositing takes quality to a new level when you render 2D with 3D in Harmony. Support for rendered images from Arnold and Renderman that include deep pixel information allows you to composite 2D characters with 3D elements and achieve beautiful results.
Layer Syncing for Efficient Rigging
Other Fun Features
We get lots of feedback from our customers and Harmony 14 includes many other features that are geared towards a better user experience.
Here are just a few:
Outline Mode makes it easier to work with drawings that are behind other layers.
Easy Flipping Toolbar lets you flip through before/after drawings with one click so you can more efficiently create fluid and interesting animation.
Pose Copier lets you quickly bring character key poses into your scene from a bank of preset poses.
What is Harmony?
Harmony is a software product family from Toon Boom Animation that provides customers with professional-quality 2D animation production capabilities. Harmony has been in continuous development since 2005 and has been used on productions like The Simpsons, the SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of the Water, The Congress and April and the Extraordinary World, among many others. It is widely recognized as an industry favourite.
The Harmony product family includes 3 editions, each targeted for specific users who want to create specific styles of animation. The product family also includes Harmony Server, which provides additional capabilities for teams of animators using Harmony who want to share files from a central database.
What are the 3 editions of Harmony?
The three editions of Harmony are Harmony Essentials, Harmony Advanced and Harmony Premium and they each offer progressive functionality:
Harmony Essential is designed for discovery with basic animation and vector as the primary drawing technology. It is designed for those who want basic capabilities to create both paperless and cut-out style animation.
Harmony Advanced is for professionals and has all of the functionality of Harmony Essentials plus additional drawing and animation tools. Harmony Advanced supports both vector and bitmap for drawing.
Harmony Premium is the most powerful, sophisticated and complete edition, letting users animate in any artistic style with both bitmap and vector drawing technologies. With the ability to create state-of-the-art character rigs, highly organic movement and unlimited special effects, Harmony Premium provides maximum flexibility so that any animation job can be accomplished with the tools at hand. It is the recommended animation solution for most artists and studios.