Best Free Animation Software

You might be interested in setting up your own home animation studio, as you probably know when it comes to animation software the price tag can quickly rack up. Luckily, there are some free alternatives which are good enough to see you through the majority of animation projects you’ll undertake.

So here is our list of best free cross-platform animation software.

Pencil 2D

(Windows, MacOS and Linux)

Pencil2D is an animation software for both bitmap and vector graphics. It is free, multi-platform, and open source.  Lightweight and easy to use so you can focus on animating and not what button to hit next.

Seamlessly switch between raster and vector workflows, allowing you to sketch, ink & paint on the go. Pencil2D is cross-platform and runs on Pencil2D is cross-platform and runs on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

For more information and download: Pencil 2D

Synfig

(Windows, MacOS and Linux)

Synfig is also an open source tool for 2D animation. It supports a multitude of layers of various types; geometric, gradients, filters, distortions, transformations, fractal and many others.

Synfig has basic features for syncing your animation with soundtrack using Sound Layer.

For more information and download: Synfig

Stykz

(Windows, MacOS and Linux)

Stykz is simple multi-platform stick figure animation program. Stykz is frame-based, letting you work on individual frames of your animation to make it just right.

Onionskins let you see what was in the previous frame so you can make adjustments to your current frame easily.

For more information and download: Stykz

Blender

(Windows, MacOS and Linux)

Blender is one of the hugely popular and completely free 3D animation tools. Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite.

It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

For more information and download: Blender

Daz Studio

(Windows and MacOS)

Daz Studio is yet another free and powerful 3D animation tool. It comes with features like 3D Morphing, posing, animation & rendering, GPU accelerated real-time rendering, photo-realistic results and also tons of interactive tutorials.