Doratoon enables you to decorate and format the footages to make the presentation look more appealing, professional, and engaging. The Style panel on the right has all the tools and options to help you get this done. That said, the following sections teach how to exploit the bars, menus, and sliders in the Style pane to make cosmetic adjustments to any footage that you add to the scene pages.
Part 1: Manage Style
The style in Doratoon is about adjusting the look of the footage. This may include its alignment, shadow, border, color, contrast, etc. You can learn how to do all this in Doratoon by following the steps given below:
Step 1: Add a Footage to the Scene Page
After starting a new Doratoon project, click Template (or any other icon except Scene) from the bar on the left (Background is selected here for illustration). From the top of the center pane, click Upload, click Video from the menu that appears, and choose a media footage from your PC to upload to Doratoon.
Step 2: Manage Fundamental (Basic) Styles
Make sure that the footage you uploaded is selected on the Canvas, and from the top of the right pane, confirm that you are on the Style tab. Next, use the Alignment buttons to align the item on the Canvas according to your preference. Drag the Opacity and Volume sliders to adjust the transparency and volume level of the media clip. Further, you can turn off the Effect switch, and then manually select the loop count to define the number of times the clip must be played in a loop. You can even click the Edit button, use the trimming handles on the next screen to get rid of the unwanted portions from the start and end of the video, and click OK to save the changes. Optionally, click the Replace material button replace the selected item with a different one if need be.
Step 3: Manage Background and Stroke (Frame)
While keeping the clip on the Canvas selected, ensure that the Façade section is expanded. Click the Color box, and choose your preferred color from the palette that comes up next (applicable to the objects with transparent background). Similarly, choose a color from the Frame palette, pick your preferred stroke type, and use the drop-down list to select a stroke width as required. You can even enter a numerical value in the Round corner input field, and choose a stroke type from the two options available next to it to have lined or dashed rounded corners for the frame of the object.
Step 4: Shadows and Filters
Make sure that the Border radio button is selected under the Shadow section, choose a shade for the shadow from the color palette, and then use the x and y sliders to manage the distance of the shadow of the frame as required. Also, you can use the Blur and Spread sliders to adjust those settings too. Next, select the Element radio button, and then use the same options to adjust the shadow of the object (applicable only to the elements with the background as a separate object/entity/layer) as well. After this, while keeping the footage on the Canvas selected, use the sliders under the Filter section to adjust other global visual settings for the clip like blur, brightness, contrast, hue and saturation, etc.
Part 2: Manage Animation
When it comes to animations, it is about how a footage frame would enter the scene, how would it behave while it is present on the screen, and the way it would exit the scene.
You can learn how to manage animations for footage frame by following the instructions given below:
Step 1: Get to the Animation Tab
While keeping the footage on the Canvas selected, click the Animation tab from the top of the right pane.
Step 2: Add Animation Effects
From the Stay effect, Entry animation, and Exit animation section, choose your preferred options to define how the footage frame would behave while it is present on the screen, the way and the direction it should enter the scene and at what speed, and how would it leave the screen upon exit respectively. You can define the settings more granularly from the box that appears when you choose a particular animation effect. To see how the animation would look, you can click the Preview button that appears at the lower section of the box.