The best 2D animation software

A sketchy illustration of a dragon using the best animation software
(Image credit: Maya)

The best 2D animation software will make your work stand out and help bring your creations to life. With the wide array of applications and animation types out there, it can be hard to choose one fitting your requirements. Our handy guide will help you find the best software whether you're a new or experienced animator. 

When selecting the best animation software it's important to consider the multitude of tools, exporting types and compatibility with other programmes if you create across multiple apps. Each application has a different interface and tool suite, so it's important to do your research before downloading to make sure you will be comfortable learning it. Our expert guide details elements like platform compatibility, price and who we think each piece of software is suitable for.

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Tammy Coron

Tammy is an independent creative professional, author of Apple Game Frameworks and Technologies, and the maker behind the AdventureGameKit – a custom SpriteKit framework for building point and click adventure games. As an innovative problem solver and industry leader, Tammy enjoys working on projects from content creation – including books, tutorials, videos, and podcasts – to the design and development of cross-platform applications and games. For Creative Bloq, she has written about an array of subjects, including animation, web design and character design.

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