About Pencil2D

Pencil2D is a free and open-source animation tool that helps businesses create 2D hand-drawn animations using vector graphics and bitmap images. The platform allows designers to edit images, add layers and duplicate or remove keyframes via a unified platform. Pencil2D enables users to configure and switch between raster and vector workflows to create digital sketches or paintings. Graphic designers can use various integrated editing tools including resize, fill, blur, or erase to add custom colors, blur images or change the canvas size. Additionally, it provides a variety of other features including data import/export, task management, data visualization and more. Pencil2D lets professionals view previous or upcoming frames, create animated cartoons, view multiple dra...

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Pencil2D is available as a free and open-source software (FOSS).

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Pencil2D User Reviews

OVERALL RATING

SECONDARY RATINGS

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4

Functionality

4

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Anonymous

Company size: 1 employee

Time used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

November 2021

Animation and open source

In general, it seems like a great software for someone who wants to enter the world of animation.

Pros

I love that it is open source software. It is very easy to use and the interface is very intuitive, it is also a very light program, it is totally free and runs on any operating system.

Cons

It is a software for beginners in my opinion, the animations are frame by frame, which is tedious after a while, and it does not support 3d animations.

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Pragya

Verified reviewer

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Publishing

Time used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
4

Customer support

out of 5
3

Functionality

out of 5

February 2021

Pencil2D - The Best Free 2D Animation Software

A very good beginner-friendly 2D animation application. Best for personal use and for learning and practicing 2D animation. Best for people looking for a free tool for creating hand drawn animations on a computer.

Pros

1)Beginner-Friendly - The User Interface is very easy and simple. Even a new user can pick up this tool in a few hours. 2)Completely Open Source - Free 2D animation software. You don't need to pay anything to use this application. 3)Cross-Platform - Can be used on any operating system or device. 4)Supports both Raster and Vector graphics. You can animate both Raster and vector assets. 5)Free to use, even commercially! It's completely free! 6)Comparitively works smoothly even on budget-friendly systems. You don't need a high-end system for the smooth running of this application. Yes, it works nicely on standard systems as well.

Cons

1) Need to animate frame by frame which takes a lot of time and patience. 2) No 3D support. Can only create 2D animations. 3) Limited options compared to other animation software. 4) Not much used by professional studios.

Anonymous

Company size: 10,000+ employees

Time used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
3

Ease-of-use

out of 5
4

Functionality

out of 5

September 2021

Decent software to step into the world of animation.

Pros

Simple interface. Easy to move around the key frames Basic yet powerful feature set.

Cons

Some of the actions are not intuitive like rotating your drawings, no option to multiply layers, changing bitmap layer to lighter, shading layers. May not be suitable for advanced animations.

Adnan

Company size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Banking

Time used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

May 2021

The best tool to make Incredible 2D animations

I have a very nice and professional experience with Pencil2D, because I have created and designed a number of 2D animations using this software. I have found it so incredibly professional for my business and individual requirements.

Pros

Pencil2D is an amazing and professional tool that allows you to design 2D hand-drawn animations. The software is so easy to use so anyone can learn it easily. It's lightweight and runs almost on every operating system.

Cons

The tools, features and options of Pencil2D are amazing and fabulous. I never faced any issues and cons. According to my point of view, it's best without cons and issues.

bheki

Company size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Construction

Time used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
4

Value for money

out of 5
4

Functionality

out of 5

September 2021

2d convenience Pencil2D

pencil is a very good software for starting with in animation and graphic designing

Pros

pencil is straight forward it is user friendly. its rendering speed even in slow computers. its frame rate works perfect mostly for starters who are starting with 2d animation.

Cons

pencil UI is not colorfull enough.so its not easy to make realistic blending color

Amy

Company size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Arts and Crafts

Time used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

September 2021

Want something really neat for free? Here you go

Awesome at beginner-friendly hand-drawn animations. It's a no-frills-easy-to-navigate-and-learn 2D animation tool that I find works great on any system. I experienced no lags, just a smooth running format that has you creating with ease

Pros

It's FREE, user interface is delightfully basic which is a blessing for the newbies, supportive of both Vector and Raster graphics, and no pesky stalling when putting an animation together.

Cons

The frame by frame technique is how it's done here. No fancy tech frills, though for many this isn't a con

Johnny

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Graphic Design

Time used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
3

Customer support

out of 5
3

Functionality

out of 5

July 2021

PENCIL2D WAS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR.

MY OVERALL EXPERIENCE WAS GOOD. COULD BE A BETTER SOFTWARE, BUT THIS ONE IS A GOOD ONE TO USE.

Pros

THIS PROGRAM WAS EASY TO FIND, EASY TO USE AND IT GOT THE JOB DID FOR ME IN THE NICK OF TIME! I USE IT ON A NORMAL NOW FOR WEEKLY USES! IT'S EASIER FOR ME TO GET THINGS DONE QUICKLY!

Cons

I LITERALLY UNDERSTOOD IT WAS A 2D SOFTWARE, I WAS LOOKING FOR ANYTHING THAT I COULD TYPE IN BECAUSE MICROSOFT WOUDLN'T PULL UP! I DON'T HAVE A BAD THING TO SAY ABOUT IT.

Kasongo

Company size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Computer & Network Security

Time used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
3

Value for money

out of 5
3

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

April 2021

What I like the most is that its Simple and simple to utilize

Pros

i like Pencil2D because its easy to use, its an open source and can run on different operating systems and also good for beginners

Cons

1)it is limited compared to some other animation software`s 2)its not used that often by big studios.

Alexandre

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Arts and Crafts

Time used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
4

Customer support

out of 5
3

Functionality

out of 5

April 2021

A great tool to start animation with vector drawing

I liked using Pencil2D, it is a free tool that allows a good base and an initiation for 2D animation with vector drawing, it is simple but for those who are starting and looking for new paths like 2D animation, this software is a good way .

Pros

I like Pencil2D because it is free and open-source software, it has easy tools to work with, intuitive and with simple icons and runs on various operating systems not limited to just one system.

Cons

The main point against Pencil2d is the absence of complex tools, there is a lack of tools to bring better color effects, drawing tools, curves etc. but honestly this is not a giant problem, the tool does not have this intention, the intention to be the best the most robust in the world but to be a tool that brings a great introduction to animation with vector drawing.

Anthony

Company size: 1 employee

Industry: Animation

Time used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
4

Customer support

out of 5
4

Functionality

out of 5

January 2022

Best for traditional 2D animation

After practicing with this software to make a few 2D animations, I've had a very positive and professional experience with it. I've found it to be quite sophisticated for both my work and personal needs.

Pros

This is so quick and easy to learn by anyone. It is suitable for just about any hardware as it is so lightweight. It is free of cost to make traditional frame by frame animation.

Cons

Some of the final results can look a little scratchy.