The first time you open Stajit, you will go through a short tutorial that explains a few of the basics. The tutorial may be played again by selecting the Settings tab at the top right of the main palette menu.
The below guide is similar to the tutorial but explains a few of the functions in more detail.
The Pen and Palette¶
By default, your right hand will have the pen and your left hand will have the palette. From the start, you can draw. Simply squeeze the trigger with your right index finger to draw in the space around you. The trigger is pressure sensitive, so the harder you press the trigger, the thicker the stroke.
The palette in your left hand acts similar to a tablet. Use your right hand to point at the palette, then use the right trigger to select or drag elements around on the palette.
Your scene can be broken down into three basic elements:
Each frame has its own layers, and each layer has its own strokes.
When you drew your first stroke above, you were actually drawing in a frame on a layer.
Just like in photo editors, you may add or delete any number of layers. This is done on the right leaf of the palette. Simple click the New Layer icon to create a layer. To delete a layer, click the Trash icon and the currently selected layer will be deleted.
Copy and Paste layer icons are also in this bottom panel. Click the Copy icon to copy the selected layer, then click the Paste icon to paste into the currently selected layer. You can copy and paste across layers, frames, and even projects.
Frames are at the core of Stajit. With the palette held up, you’ll see a little black “puck” where your hand is holding onto the palette. On the puck are the next and previous frame buttons. These are the physical buttons on the controller. Use your left thumb to press these to move to the next or previous frame.
When you press the Next Frame button with your thumb, the stage around you will switch to that frame’s stage. If a frame doesn’t exist, a new one will be created. This is in fact the easiest way to create a new frame: simply move to the next frame with your thumb.
As mentioned before, drawing is accomplished by holding down your dominant hand’s trigger with your index finger. The pen also has pressure sensitivity, so the thickness of the stroke depends on how hard you squeeze the trigger.
To change the size of your brush, touch your dominant hand’s thumb to the thumbstick. A ring around the front of the pen will fade in, showing the current size of the brush. To increase the size of the brush, rotate the thumbstick in a clockwise fashion. To decrease the size, rotate the thumbstick counter-clockwise.
Grabbing and Scaling¶
To grab a layer, select a layer on the palette. Then, with your dominant hand, point the pen into any space around you and grab the hand button that is near your middle finger. This will allow you to grab the entire layer to move and rotate it.
If you want to scale a layer, first grab the layer with your dominant hand, then with the same button on your non-dominant hand, grab the layer. With both hand buttons squeezed, you can scale the layer up or down by spreading your hands apart or by moving your hands closer together.
Undo and Redo¶
On your dominant hand, there are two buttons for undo and redo. If you look at the pen, you can find these buttons with your thumb. To undo, press the button with the counter-clockwise arrow. To redo, press the button with the clockwise arrow.
Saving, Opening, and Creating New Projects¶
To save your currently open project, simply click Save on the palette. You’ll be prompted to snap a screenshot that will be used to identify the project when opening a file.
Note that saving will overwrite the file that you have open or have already saved! This behaves exactly how you would save a document on the computer: repeatedly saving the open project will save into the same file.
To open a project, click the Open button on the palette. This will bring up a grid of screenshots of all the projects that you’ve saved on your computer. Select the project you want to open, then click the Open icon on the screen. Also on that screen you can delete projects by selecting a project then clicking the Trash icon. Note that this is a permanent change and cannot be undone!
To start a new project, click the New button on the palette.
All files are saved in your Documents folder under Stajit:
As you might’ve already figured out, there is Onion Skinning in Stajit. The same buttons that you use to change frames are also touch sensitive. To show Onion Skinning for a frame, simply touch your thumb to the next or previous frame button to peek into that frame. You can also touch your thumb to both buttons at the same time to show Onion Skinning on both the next and previous frames.
To create a new frame at any position, first go to the Frames tab. Then, select the frame you want the new frame to come after, and then click the New Frame icon. This will create a new frame after the current frame.
You can also copy and paste frames. To do so, go to the Frames tab. Then, select the frame you want to copy and click the Copy icon at the bottom of the palette’s display. To paste, click the Paste icon at the bottom of the palette’s display. This will paste a new frame after the currently selected frame. Note that this is different than how pasting a layer works.