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Pencil2D Alternatives

Pencil2D is described as 'opensource animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, based on old Pencil software. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics' and is a Animation Maker in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Pencil2D for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Animation Desk, which is free. Other great apps like Pencil2D are Wick Editor, OpenToonz, Synfig Studio and enve.

Pencil2D alternatives are mainly Animation Makers but may also be Vector Graphic Apps or Digital Painting Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Pencil2D.
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  1. Animation Desk is a perfect tool for animating, storyboarding, and sketching. It’s an app Loved by professional and amateur animators, Youtubers, and many art lovers. Draw you frame-to-frame animation from scratch, or create animations upon videos, images, PSD layers.

    ⚫︎ Onion skinningAnimation Desk allows you to see through several frames simultaneously and make sure the lines of each frame are correctly lined up.
    ⚫︎ Video ImportYou can import external video material into Animation Desk.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Animation Desk, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ RotoscopingAnimation Desk supports creating animated sequences by tracing over live-action footage frame by frame.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersAnimation Desk supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Almost everyone thinks Animation Desk is a great alternative to Pencil2D.
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    Animation Desk is more powerful than Pencil2D!

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  2. The Wick Editor is a free and open-source tool for creating games, animations, and everything in-between. It's designed to be the most accessible tool for creating multimedia projects on the web. Your creations can run on any device with a web browser - that means mobile too.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersWick Editor supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Onion skinningWick Editor allows you to see through several frames simultaneously and make sure the lines of each frame are correctly lined up.
    ⚫︎ Automated TweeningWick Editor can automatically generate the inbetweens from two keyframes, to carry out a smooth transition.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Wick Editor, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    This alternative is disputed. Wick Editor is still a legitimate alternative to Pencil2D, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Wick editor is adobe flash and Pincel2d combined together

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  3. OpenToonz is an animation program that is a free software version of Toonz, the animation software used by Studio Ghibli, amongst others.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in OpenToonz, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingOpenToonz supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ Automated TweeningOpenToonz can automatically generate the inbetweens from two keyframes, to carry out a smooth transition.
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    This alternative is disputed. OpenToonz is still a legitimate alternative to Pencil2D, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Synfig Studio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Synfig is a free and open-source, industrial-strength, vector-based 2D animation app designed for producing feature-film animations. It eliminates the need to create animations frame by frame. It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

    ⚫︎ Automated TweeningSynfig Studio can automatically generate the inbetweens from two keyframes, to carry out a smooth transition.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Synfig Studio, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    This alternative is disputed. Synfig Studio is still a legitimate alternative to Pencil2D, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    enve

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Enve is a free and open-source 2D animation app. It can create both vector and raster animations and even use sound and video files. It has been created with flexibility and expandability in mind.

    ⚫︎ Support for Layersenve supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in enve, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Karbon

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • BSD
    • KDE Plasma Workspaces

    Karbon, component of Calligra Suite , is the scalable vector drawing application in KDE. It allows artists to create complex drawings without losing image quality when zooming in on, or resizing the drawing.

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    Discontinued

    was last modified on Sat, 11 Jul 2015

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    This alternative is disputed. Karbon is still a legitimate alternative to Pencil2D, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    sK1

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    sK1 is an open source cross-platform vector graphics editor like CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, or Freehand. The major feature of sK1 is a professional precise printing and prepress ready PDF output.

    ⚫︎ PortablesK1 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    This alternative is disputed. sK1 is still a legitimate alternative to Pencil2D, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Pencil

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux

    Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics.

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    Discontinued

    Updated project here: Pencil2D icon Pencil2D

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    Pencil vs Pencil2D opinions
    Some users think Pencil is a great alternative to Pencil2D, some don't.

    Because its almost the same thing.

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    TupiTube

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD

    Tupi is a design and authoring tool for digital artists interested in 2D Animation, fork of the KToon project, offering an interface experience focused on 8-100 years olds.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersTupiTube supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ RotoscopingTupiTube supports creating animated sequences by tracing over live-action footage frame by frame.
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    This alternative is disputed. TupiTube is still a legitimate alternative to Pencil2D, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    OpenToonz (Morevna Edition)

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    OpenToonz is based on software "Toonz" which was developed by Digital Video S.p.A. in Italy

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in OpenToonz (Morevna Edition), allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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