Synfig Studio 0.63.00

Synfig Studio is a robust, open-source 2D animation specialty tool that can help your creations

  • Category:

    Design & photography software

  • Version:

    0.63.00

  • Works under:

    Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free (GPL)
  • Vote:
    6.4 (72)

Powerful free 2D animation tool.

Synfig Studio is a free and open source 2D animation and vector graphics software. It contains a number of useful features that make it useful for any artistic project. No matter what you're working on, Synfig Studio can help you get the job done. The fact that it's completely free to use makes it attractive for small studios, startups and independent artists who don't have a big budget to spend on software.

Excellent Quality for a Free App

One of the biggest pluses of Synfig Studio is that it offers powerful animation functionality that is similar to what you would get in commercial software, without the high cost. The program is available for all common operating systems, so you can take advantage of it whether you have a computer running Windows, Linux or macOS.

The program offers you a strong cutout animation system that is useful when creating cartoons. It supports many layer options, such as transformations, distortions, filters, geometric and gradients.

It gives you a complete drawing kit, with a toolbox containing everything you need to create graphics right in the program, such as a bezier pen, rectangle and ellipse tools, a paint bucket and more. However, most animators prefer to draw their assets in a dedicated image editing program and animate them later. Synfig Studio gives you the flexibility to either import your images into the program or create them in it.

One of the Simplest Animation Programs Around

Setting up Synfig Studio is quite fast, as the software is relatively lightweight. Therefore, you shouldn't have any trouble getting it up and running on your system. Compared to other animation programs, Synfig Studio is relatively easy to use. If you've worked with animation software before, figuring out where all of the functions are won't be too complicated.

However, creating animations is more complex than just editing images. Therefore, Synfig Studio still comes with a learning curve for those who are new to the world of digital animation. The good news is that the program comes with a wide range of FAQs, instructions and tutorials. They show you examples of what you can accomplish with this animation software and how to get common tasks done.

Animation is a process that takes up a lot of a PC's resources, so the more powerful your computer is, the better the software will run. This is especially the case when rendering full HD videos, which can take a very long time on a slower PC.

Pros

  • Free and open source animation program
  • Packed with many useful features and suitable for a variety of projects
  • Includes a wide range of instructions and online tutorials

Cons

  • Challenging to figure out for those new to animation
  • Requires a powerful PC for optimal performance

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