Introduction to Toon Boom Harmony for Animation of 2D Characters

A course by Pedro Alpera
Animator and illustrator. Sevilla, Spain.
Joined October 2013
, Animator and illustrator

Learn to bring your projects to life by exploring the possibilities offered by this software

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (199)
  • 2354 students
Introduction to Toon Boom Harmony for Animation of 2D Characters

Learn to bring your projects to life by exploring the possibilities offered by this software

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (199)
  • 2354 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 24 Lessons (2h 54m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

Animation is an interesting way to bring your own characters to life. Through loops or animated loops you can tell a story in a brief and fun way, a very popular format currently on the internet and social networks.

In this course, Pedro Alpera -illustrator and animator who has worked with clients such as Wetransfer or Muno, among many others- will teach you to take advantage of the possibilities offered by Toon Boom Harmony when creating your own loops: from the use of bones or Deformers to make your own rigs until the cut out and best of all: making the whole work process in the same software.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Everything you need to know about Harmony in a little while
  • U3
    U3. Astronaut project
  • U4
    U4. Ball bug
  • U5
    U5. Information pills
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will begin to familiarize yourself with the Toon Boom Harmony workspace and configure the preferences of the system so that it is much easier to make your animations.

Next, Pedro will show you the operation of the different tools and you will discover the workflow with Toon Boom Harmony.

To learn how the node view works, you will perform a first exercise that will consist of making the hierarchy of a face and animating it with the help of the nodes.

It will be then when you start your first animation project with Toon Boom Harmony. Pedro will animate an astronaut, but you can choose the character you want. First you will prepare the file to work, then you will add the first bones and you will give life to your character.

Next, you will see another mode of rig, that of curve and you will proceed to give the final touches to finish your animation.

For your second project, a ball bug, you will learn to use a different mode of rig, the "envelope" mode or envelope, which will serve to give movement to both the face and the body of your character. Finally, you will animate the arms.

Once you have finished the two projects, Pedro will give you some tips that will help you to be faster and more efficient when working with Toon Boom Harmony. You will see how color charts work and how to export and optimize animations.

You will also learn how to export your drawings from other software and how to pass your characters and elements from one Harmony file to another.

Finally, you will know the different types of bone and you will see a practical example of a multiple rig in the same element.

What is this course's project?

You will make two animated loops in 2D that you will optimize to share in social networks.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Animators, designers, illustrators and anyone interested in learning to use Toon Boom Harmony, a program that is becoming the standard in the animation industry.

What you need

It is not necessary to have previous knowledge of Toon Boom Harmony, although it will be easier if you have used some animation software before.

With respect to the materials, you will need a computer with Toon Boom Harmony Premium installed and it is recommended that you work with a graphic tablet, although it is not essential.


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Pedro Alpera

A course by Pedro Alpera

Animator and illustrator

Bachelor of Fine Arts, he has worked as an animator and illustrator for clients such as We Transfer, Muno, Barcelona City Council, Ediciones en Babia or Paramount Comedy or Cartoon Network among others.

He has also done advisory work on Clean Up and taught training to the team of the movie "Buñuel en la Laberinto de las Tortugas". Throughout these almost 20 years, he has dealt with the development of animations, illustrations, comics, websites, videogames and design within multiple areas. For a little over two years he embarked on a personal project that led him to share a small loop animation on his Instagram account each week, which helped him get to know his work.

As an illustrator and comic strip artist, he has participated in numerous collective and individual exhibitions.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Everything you need to know about Harmony in a little while

    • Preferences and workspace
    • A review of the tools
    • Animate with Harmony
    • The view of nodes. You will not want to work with layers anymore
    • A practical example Let's prepare the hierarchy of a face :)
    • A practical example Now we animate the face: D
  • U3

    Astronaut project

    • Preparing the material to be able to animate it
    • Our first bones
    • Let's start animating our astronaut
    • Rig tool: curved mode
    • Latest details and touch-ups
  • U4

    Ball bug

    • Organizing the material
    • Rig tools The envelope mode
    • Let's cheer on our bug
    • Encouraging face and body
    • Cheering the arms
  • U5

    Information pills

    • The color chart
    • Export, how do we get our Harmony animations?
    • How to import drawings from Illustrator, Flash / Animate and Photoshop
    • How to share a character from one Harmony file to another
    • The 3 types of bones at a glance
    • A practical case of several rigs in the same element
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to Toon Boom Harmony for 2D character animation

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Introduction to Toon Boom Harmony for Animation of 2D Characters. A 3D, and Animation course by Pedro Alpera

Introduction to Toon Boom Harmony for Animation of 2D Characters

A course by Pedro Alpera
Animator and illustrator. Sevilla, Spain.
Joined October 2013
  • 100% Positive reviews (199)
  • 2354 students