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    Which software can I use for traditional 2-D animation?

    Hello friends.

    I'd like that you recommend me a list of programs for the creation of a traditional 2-D animation.

    I remember when I was 13, that I used the Walt Disney Animation Studio for Commodore Amiga 500 (an excellent computer) and his innovator technology of simulation of transparent paper allowed me to re-sketch over the last frame because the last frame turned a bit lighter...And like the previues frame it could be applied for the 4 previous frames, so you could have an idea of the trajectory or path which your object would have.

    Has anyone know programs which have implemented this feature or dedicated to this purpose?

    Thank you very much.
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    I still have my original Walt Disney Animation Studio floppies, no longer have an Amiga unfortunately, TVPaint is still around, it does have the lightbox feature. Other program to look is RETAS!PRO but I've never used it, I'm not a animator.
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    I believe there is also Anime Studio out too for animation.
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    Mmm...The videos of YouTube I've watched just right now indicate me that it's a program which animates vectorial drawings...

    Maybe this program includes the tradicional animation via transparent cells or "onion paper" (it's like we call this traansparent paper in Spain) but in these videos I haven't seen anything like this...I will continue searching.

    The Walt Disney Animation Studio was a really simple but powerful program with simple tools for filling areas and paintings. This program allowed me to make fast animations in a very easy way. And with the mouse!...The factor of the mouse was thanks to Commodore and the incredible feeling of the mouse: its buttons and ball allowed me to draw in a really precise way. Outstanding hardware and software, without no doubt.

    TVPAINT maybe is the program which more remember to the Walt Disney Animation Studio: thank you Portus!!.

    Do you know any other program?.

    Thank you Arshes Nei too.
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    I just remembered another one Toon Boom http://www.toonboom.com/main/
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    Yes, Toon Boom Studio has onion skinning. http://toonboomcartooning.wetpaint.com/page/onion+skin
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    You can use Pencil Animation Program which allows you to draw in traditional pencil animations. Also you can use Toonboom which allows you to make animations in 2D form. With the help of these you can easily draw character, background etc. Otherwise, you can use Anime studio which is also best for 2D drawing. They all are free so there is no problem regarding download, installation etc.
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    Thank you Smithdwsn.

    I've realised that Corel Painter 11 can make possible drawing 2D classic animation with their onion paper technology so...It's easy.

    The list of programs that you give to me is really important, because like you say, all are free, aren't they?

    Best regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgon View Post
    Thank you Smithdwsn.

    I've realised that Corel Painter 11 can make possible drawing 2D classic animation with their onion paper technology so...It's easy.

    The list of programs that you give to me is really important, because like you say, all are free, aren't they?

    Best regards.

    Within 2 days I will have in my hands my new Intuos 4 Medium...I can't wait it!!
    No, not all these programs are free, best do some research through google or the links to find out the costs and their capabilities. We're listing them because you're interested. It's however, up to you to work on learning whether or not they're going to be right for you.
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    I would definitely say look hard at Corel Painter as it's traditional animation capabilities are actually very solid -- and it doesn't stop at cell type artwork, you can animate in any style.

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    Which software can I use for traditional 2-D animation?

    My 1st introduction to 2-d animation software is good ol' Macromedia Flash (now Adobe Flash). I remember my 3rd year of college and witnessing some seniors in my Computer Art class do some amazing things with the program to integrate animated images and artwork with web designs.

    Flash-created animations are on alot of websites and make for a cool experience. The last really impressive Flash animation I saw while casually browsing online is with the James Bond 007 Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace promotional sites, take a look for yourself, I think you'll enjoy it:

    http://www.sonypictures.com/homevide...ale/index.html

    If you already are familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator, that's a plus in owning Flash because you can create the artwork you want to animate as separate layers and elements in those programs. Check it out and see what you think. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...1;OLD VERSION]
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    I used TVPaint Animation to help me a bit at Ringling when I was taking animation but a free options is Pencil. It's not tvpaint, but it gets the job done.

    See here

    http://www.pencil-animation.org/

    Another option is DigiCel Flipbook. It's really simple but like TVPaint Animation it's a bit expensive unless you can get a student discount.

    See here

    http://www.digicelinc.com/
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    If I hadn't done a look at other posts, someone was gonna be banned for coming off as a spambot :/
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