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Onion skinning

Onion skinning is a technique used in creating animated cartoons and editing movies to see several frames at once. This way, the animator or editor can take decisions on how to create or change an image based on the previous image in the sequence.

In traditional cartoon animation, the individual (frames) of a movie were painted on a transparent cell. The animators (mostly inbetweeners[?]) would put the 'previous' cell exactly beneath the working cell, so that they could paint this frame so as to give a sense of perfect, dither-free motion.

In computer software, this effect is achieved by making frames (semi) transparent and projecting them on top of each other. Deluxe Paint[?] was one of the earliest consumer programs to achieve this effect.

See also: GIMP

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