Best free 2d animation software.

Discussion in 'TV, Video, and Film' started by um_pineapplez, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    So I wanna learn how to animate. But I can't pick which software to start with, and I don't wanna have a million different programs clogging up my computer's memory. What's the best stuff they have?

    Not to mention pikapetey put me in timeout after I asked.
     
  2. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    And I need an answer NOW. Like, NOW NOW.
     
  3. LinnyChanPL

    LinnyChanPL Linnie :3

    I've heard about ToonBoon Animate or something like that...? Tried to use a bit of Flash by myself but well...It may sound strange but I actually like to animate in paint tool sai and then put frames together in Sony Vegas.
     
  4. LinnyChanPL

    LinnyChanPL Linnie :3

    ALSO ! 2 programs for 3D animation:
    > Source Filmmaker
    > MikuMikuDance
     
  5. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    Didn't you read the thing? I said it needed to be free. I can't afford toonboom or flash. and I don't wanna do 3d.
     
  6. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    GIMP is free but limited to GIFs
     
  7. LinnyChanPL

    LinnyChanPL Linnie :3

    sorry! I'm too tired >_< Wanted to help anyway :)
     
  8. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    I've got GIMP. I don't know how to use it.
     
  9. Andromedahl

    Andromedahl Unlicensed UFO Pilot

    This is where stuff's gonna get nasty; When I decided I wanted to try some stuff that wasn't paper on a lightbox, just gonna be honest, a lotta free alternatives were kinda eh. Went on to snag an old copy of flash and it's more workable.

    opentoonz.github.io: OpenToonz
    thiiiisssss might be worth lookin at tho.
     
  10. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    Simplest way is to do it layer by layer. You'll need to cover each layer though. For putting it in a GIF format you do each layer name as NAME (###ms) and that'll tell it how quickly each frame is in miliseconds. Once you're done look for the optimize oprion in playback and then export it as a GIF
     
  11. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    No. as in using it at all. I've tried and it looks like a needlessly complicated version of ms. paint.

    Can you draw the frames in it?
     
  12. Andromedahl

    Andromedahl Unlicensed UFO Pilot

    Yup. You can either use scanned frames, or you can just work digitally.
     
  13. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    is it needlessly complicated, pitifully simple, or just right for beginners?'

    wait why the fuck is it in japanese.
     
  14. Andromedahl

    Andromedahl Unlicensed UFO Pilot

    It'll take some learning.
    Because it was primarily a Japanese software that got translated to English.
     
  15. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    But I don't wanna do anime. Just normal 2d stuff.

    Also which link do I click? Opentoonz, GTS, or effects?
     
  16. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    Each tool is pretty straight forward but it can take a bit of getting used to

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    From top left to right: 3 selection tools; square, circle and freehand. Magic wand to select like colours for selection while select by colour is more for hitting everything with that colour rather than a single area

    Scissors are more for basic shapes, foreground select is for the large objects, colour pick and magnifying are self explanatory

    Measuring is good for precise measurements, move moves the entire selection on that layer, alignment is fine tuning, crop is self explanatory, rotate for rotating

    4th row is dedicated to changing perspective

    5th row is the same

    6th row; first 2 options are self explanatory, calig is for, well caligraphy, clone is for selecting an area and copying it. Hold ctrl then click what you wanna copy, then follow it. Healing is sort of the same but more for photography touch ups

    7th row items are self explanatory

    Not sure of what else you'd have trouble with understanding
     
  17. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    so does it work with the image on screen, or do I have to start a new project in the middle window, or what?
     
  18. Andromedahl

    Andromedahl Unlicensed UFO Pilot

    Animation programs are just tools to get things done; There isn't exactly an 'anime' program. Just do whatever style y'want.
    Open toonz. GTS and effects are some extra tools.
     
  19. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    Ah! Okay!

    Wait......It says that they can suspend it on multiple reasons, and one is "act of GOD". What does that even mean?

    Just, god comes down and tells everyone to stop using Opentoonz?
     
  20. Andromedahl

    Andromedahl Unlicensed UFO Pilot

    That's a legal term for 'accidents'.
     
  21. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    Depends on what you're trying to do. If you want to make a GIF from scratch you would this (haven't made GIFs with GIMP in ages, but it's the same idea. I forgot I used a plug-in for fine tuning)


     
  22. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    wait.

    Does Opentoonz have a circle tool?
     
  23. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    Okay. I think I've got it down. One question.

    How do I save to a decent video format? The only video-type file is .avi. I wanna save to .mp4.
     
  24. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    Probably an export as function
     
  25. um_pineapplez

    um_pineapplez Mage of Void, dammit.

    I don't see export on the file tab.
    Besides, it still says unsupported extension.
     

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