5 Best Free 2D Animation Software For Windows

List of 5 best free 2D animation software for Windows.

2D animation is one of the oldest form of animation, it is created when multiple drawing frames are represented one after another to create an animation. There are many different methods available for making 2D animation. One of the effective and modern method for making it is by using a software.

These five free 2D animation software are capable of making good 2D animation. They all are user friendly and some of them are cross-platform also. Even a person new to 2D animation can learn 2D animation easily by using them. Some of their key features are: set frame rates, insert images, insert sounds, etc. They can also save the animation in animated image file and video file formats.

Meanwhile, you can also try these GIF animator and screen recording software.

Here The 5 Best Free 2D Animation Software For Windows:

Plastic Animation Paper

Plastic Animation Paper is a simple, effective and one of the best 2D animation software to create animation or cartoon in 2D. It provides many useful features, such as: drawing area, insert color in drawing, set frame rate, zooming feature, add music, etc. It can save the animation in popular image and video file formats, such as: GIF, PNG, TIFF, AVI, TGA, etc. You can learn more about this software from this basic video tutorial.


Pencil is a handy software which lets you create colorful 2D animation easily by some simple tools and features. Some of its key features are: set frame rate, import image, import sound, insert color, etc. It can export the animation in SWF (Flash Video), X Sheet, Movie, etc. file formats. It is also an open source, portable and cross-platform (also available for Mac, Linux and other OS) software. Also try this video tutorial to learn more about it.

Synfig Studio

Synfig Studio is a free 2D animation software with a lot of quality features. Its interface is divided into four different windows, they are: tools window, editing window, navigator window and parameters window. You can effectively use this software to create high quality animation and films. It is also an open source and cross-platform (available for Mac and Linux OS as well) software.

Tupi: Open 2D Magic

Tupi: Open 2D Magic is a 2D animation program which provides many useful tools and features for creating 2D animation. Some of its useful animation tools are: Pencil, Color, Tweening, etc. It can also import SVG image file into the animation. It can also export the animation to image array and video files, video files such as: MPG, Flash video, AVI, PNG array, JPG array, etc. It is a quality software which is also available for Linux, Mac and other OS. You can also checkout its animation gallery from its website.

Vectorian Giotto

Vectorian Giotto is an effective and feature-rich software for creating complex Flash 2D animation. It provides some very useful tools, effects and features for making animation. Some of the tools it provides are: shapes, pencil, text tool, brush, eye dropper, etc. It can also insert image, sound, scene, timeline, etc. in the animation. Vectorian Giotto is also a small software with setup file around 8 MB.

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