Linux has matured into an excellent platform for artists, photographers, animators, and designers. With inexpensive hardware, free software, and a modicum of talent and inspiration, anyone can create professional-looking computer graphics.
There is a huge range of open source software available to create, modify and convert 2D and 3D computer graphics. In the field of 2D animation, Linux is endowed with a good range of open source software.
With the right tool and a large dollop of creative juices, you can create superb animations.
Captured in a legendary LinuxLinks chart, we make the following recommendations. Each program is free and open source.
Note the ratings reflect a program’s animation functionality only.
Let’s explore the 7 animation tools. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the program in action, together with links to relevant resources.
|Synfig||Capable of producing feature-film quality animation|
|Pencil2D||Easy, intuitive tool to make 2D hand-drawn animations|
|Blender||3D creation suite with a huge variety of uses including animation|
|Tahoma2D||Full-featured 2D and Stop Motion animation creation based on Toonz Studio|
|OpenToonz||Based on Toonz Studio Ghibli Version|
|Glaxnimate||Simple and fast vector graphics animation program|
|enve||Create vector animations, raster animations, with sound and video files|
Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.
The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There are hundreds of in-depth reviews, open source alternatives to proprietary software from large corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, and Autodesk. There are also fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.