Creating animation in Synfig Studio
What you'll learn
- Create basic tweened animation using bitmap images (sprites)
- Construct and animate simple cutout characters
- Use skeleton to construct and animate complex characters
- You will need Synfig Studio version 1.0 or above installed. It is freely available for download here - http://synfig.org/.
In this course you will learn how to create 2D animation using Synfig Studio animation software package.
Synfig Studio is a free and open-source application available for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. Do you want to create your own animated movie, or just animated postcard, or animation for a game? Synfig can do that for you! You can use Synfig anywhere without limitations - at home, at work or at school.
Create your own animation using Synfig Studio
- Learn all basic principles of creating animation of Synfig Studio.
- Build and animate characters for your animation.
- Learn the basic and everyday animation skills, like face animation and walkcycle.
Cutout (sprite) animation technique
In this course I will show you how to create animation constructed from bitmap images. This approach is called "cutout" or "sprite" technique. Cutout technique is known to be the fastest way to create animation and at the same time it's the easiest way to learn it. Despite it's simplicity, the cutout technique remains very expressive and used by many creators to create exciting animation.
Contents and Overview
This course is created for people who would like to learn how to use Synfig Studio in a short time. It equally fits for those who just starting to learn computer animation, as well as for established artists who would like to master cutout technique with free software.
The course will guide you from the very basics of application interface to the techniques of creating character animation and some advanced features. The sample files are also included, so you will be able to work alongside with instructor during the course. Also, all the lectures in the course are available for downloading and watching offline.
For your convenience the course includes subtitles in English, Spanish, Italian, and French.
Note: This course is not for you if you would like to learn the technique of frame-by-frame (traditional) animation.
- Written and recorded by: Konstantin Dmitriev
- Translated by: Anna Orlova
- Narrated by: Terry Hancock
Who this course is for:
- Artists who would like to use free software for animation
- School teachers who would like to adopt free software in the education process
- Anyone who would like to learn animation
I am freelance animation artist, working with open-source software since 2008. Currently I am heading a small studio in Siberian part of Russia. My team makes commercial, as well as indie animation works and our production is purely based on open-source software.
As a head of the studio I put a special emphasis on contributing back to open-source software world. Within our production process we continuously developing and improving various open-source animation tools. I was happy to present the results of our work at several international conferences, such as Libre Graphics Meeting (2012, Austria), FSCONS (2012, Sweden), Libre Graphics Meeting (2013, Spain) and others. Also, since 2013 I am acting as coordinator of development of Synfig Studio animation software.
In addition to all that, I am also work as a teacher by hosting regular animation classes in our studio.
What else can I say? I love animation, I love open-source and I love to share my experience. This is what I do. ^__^