Palette

The palette is your main location of brushes, tools, and actions in general. Think of it as an advanced painter’s palette or a tablet.

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The palette has 5 main areas:

  1. 5 tabs across the top
  2. An interactive screen
  3. 5 filesystem buttons across the bottom
  4. A color picker
  5. A right leaf with an interactive screen

Tabs

The tabs across the top change the information displayed on the screen. Below is a list of the tabs and their individual functions.

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Brushes Tab

The Brushes tab is visible first by default. It’s split up into 2 sections:

  • 3D Brushes
  • 2D Brushes

3D Brushes have a body to them. That is, they are three-dimensionally extruded shapes. The basic brushes are tubes.

2D Brushes are flat planes. That is, they appear as ribbons in the space around you.

Each section has a few brushes. In order, the 3D brushes are:

  • Glossy brush
  • Dull brush
  • Solid brush (no shading)

In order, the 2D brushes are:

  • Glossy brush
  • Dull brush

To select a brush, point at a brush icon with your pen and squeeze the pen’s trigger.

Tools Tab

The Tools tab contains various tools for enhancing or replacing the brushes. Currently, the only tool is the Delete tool. To select it, point at the tool icon with your pen and squeeze the pen’s trigger.

While a tool is selected, it will continue to be active until a brush is selected again.

Environments Tab

The Environments tab contains various scenes to contain your frame’s drawings. Each frame contains its own environment, so for example you could have one frame be in daylight, while another frame be in the night.

To select an environment, point at an environment icon with your pen and squeeze the pen’s trigger.

Frames Tab

The Frames tab contains all of the frames in your project. Each frame is numbered on its icon.

To select a frame, point at a frame icon with your pen and squeeze the pen’s trigger.

To scroll through your frames, point at the screen on your palette with your pen, squeeze the pen’s trigger, and then drag up or down. This is similar to using your finger to scroll up or down on a tablet.

There are 4 actions that can be accomplished on this tab.

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Button What it will do
New Frame Creates a new frame after the current frame
Copy Frame Copies the current frame
Paste Frame Pastes the last-copied frame into a new frame after the current frame
Delete Frame Deletes the current frame

There must be at least one frame in a project, so if you delete the last frame a new empty frame is created.

Settings Tab

The Settings tab contains various system and user settings to customize your experience with Stajit.

Setting What it will do
Dominant Hand Choose your dominant hand. If you’re right handed, choose “Right” to put the pen in your right hand. The reverse is true if you’re left handed.
Play Tutorial When Stajit launches for the first time, a brief tutorial is played. If you wish to go through this tutorial again, click this button.

Filesystem Buttons

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New

This creates a new project. This is akin to creating a new file in a regular computer application.

Open

This will open up the Open dialog. A grid of projects you’ve saved will be loaded. To select a project, point at a project’s thumbnail with your pen and squeeze the pen’s trigger. You can then do one of three things.

Open Option What it will do
Cancel Closes the open dialog
Open Opens the selected project
Delete Deletes the selected project permanently from disk

If you click Open in the Open dialog, a loading screen will fade in over your eyes. Once the project has loaded, the loading screen will fade away.

Save

This will save the current project. This saves exactly like saving a document on the computer. That is, if you’ve previously saved your open project, saving will overwrite that saved project. There is no way to “Save As” currently within Stajit. A manual workaround is to duplicate the desired .staj file in C:/Users/Documents/Stajit/.

When you select Save, you will prompted to snap a thumbnail of your project. To do this, hold up the palette like a camera and frame your thumbnail. Then, with your pen, point at the checkmark and squeeze the pen’s trigger. To cancel saving, highlight the X and squeeze the pen’s trigger.

Camera

This allows you to capture a snapshot of your scene and save it as an image. To do this, select the Camera button, then hold up the palette to frame up your image. Once you’ve framed up your scene how you like, point at the checkmark with your pen and squeeze the pen’s trigger to capture the image. To cancel, select the X.

The image is saved in:

C:/Users/Documents/Stajit/Export/Screenshots/

Video Camera

This allows you to capture a simple animatic of your storyboard in video format from a set point of view. Each frame is held for a quarter of a second, effectively making an animatic that runs at 4fps.

To create the video, select the Video Camera icon, then hold up the palette to frame your shot. To record your animatic, point your pen at the checkmark and squeeze the pen’s trigger. This will rapidly record every frame of your project from the point of view you just set. To cancel, select the X.

The video is saved in:

C:/Users/Documents/Stajit/Export/Videos/

Color Picker

The color picker at the top left of the palette is always visible for quick access. 4 preset swatches are across the top of the color picker. To choose a color, point the pen at the color you want to select, then squeeze the pen’s trigger to select the color. The color you pick will be shown on the pen itself.

To change the Hue and Saturation of the color, point anywhere on the color wheel and select a color. To change the Brightness of the color, point anywhere on the vertical bar beside the color wheel and select a color.

Layers

The right leaf of the palette holds your layers. Each frame has its own layers. A layer holds any number of items. The order of layers does not matter, but instead can be thought of as 3D containers of your items.

To select a layer, point at a layer icon with your pen and squeeze the pen’s trigger.

To scroll through your layers, point at the right screen on your palette with your pen, squeeze the pen’s trigger, and then drag up or down. This is similar to using your finger to scroll up or down on a tablet.

To show or hide a layer, select the square next to the name of the layer.

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At the bottom of the right screen are layer actions. These are the 4 actions:

Layer Action What it will do
Copy Layer Copies the selected layer
Paste Layer Pastes the last-copied layer into the selected layer
New Layer Creates a new layer above the selected layer
Delete Layer Deletes the selected layer

Note that there must be at least one layer in a frame. If you delete the last layer in a frame, a new empty layer will be created immediately.

Input

When switching to the next frame, if a frame does not exist after the current frame, a new frame is created with the same environment as the current frame.

Action What to do
Switch to Next Frame Press the button with the right-facing arrow with your palette thumb
Switch to Previous Frame Press the button with the left-facing arrow with your palette thumb
Show onion skinning for next frame Touch the button with the right-facing arrow with your palette thumb
Show onion skinning for previous frame Touch the button with the left-facing arrow with your palette thumb
Toggle Onion Skinning Enabled Press on the palette thumbstick so that it clicks