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Synfig Studio Animation Software!

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Synfig Features:

  • Spatial resolution-independence – Most elements are vector-based, and all layers are parametrically generated, hence even when changing the target resolution of a project, the only pixelation will occur in imported raster images, not the built-in components.
  • Temporal resolution independence – Animation-keyframes are automatically interpolated by the computer, resulting in smooth motion
  • High Dynamic-Range Imaging (HDRI) – By using floating-point math in the image calculations, HDRI processing allows canvases to internally understand a far greater range of pixel luminance, resulting in better lighting effects, and improved color composition.
  • Pentablet-friendly tools – The draw tool already reads the pressure sensitivity channel off your favorite tablets, for natural line weighting, and more to come!
  • Artist-oriented design – While it may not be obvious in this early state, Synfig (and its proprietary predecessors) has been designed from the ground up with animation workflow in mind.
  • Path-based Gradients – Unlike purely SVG-based vector software, and most consumer-level animation programs, Synfig has full support for gradient paths – gradients that follow along a drawn shape. This allows artists to easily add soft shading to animation without the trouble of painting it onto every frame.
  • Layers – Synfig supports a multitude of layers of various types; geometric, gradients, filters, distortions, transformations, fractal and a few others.

 Synfig Studio drawing action:

Some Animations made with Synfig:

If you are a complete animation noob like me, but you want to give Synfig Studio a try, you can solve many problems that you’ll face by visiting the very active forums and IRC.

Synfig Studio is available in 32 and 64-bit deb and rpm files, while the source is also found on the download page.

Download Synfig Studio

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