SketchBook for Desktop and SketchBook Motion are the only versions of SketchBook with animation tools. However, before we get into the differences, one thing to keep in mind is that any image created in SketchBook can be imported into either one of these animation packages, as a flattened image.

SketchBook for Desktop has flipbook animation tools, such as keyframes and a timeline, to bring your images to life. With SketchBook Motion, you can turn an image into a moving story, add meaning to a presentation, build simple animated prototypes, design dynamic logos and ecards, create fun and engaging classroom projects, and enhance instructional content.

Animation in SketchBook for Desktop (Pro)

Not available to Free users

Do you love flipbook animation and want to create fun images that come to life? If so, try FlipBook!

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For another FlipBook tutorial, check this out.

Different uses for animation

Have you ever used SketchBook to sketch a concept, annotated it, adding other sketches to try to get an idea across? Next time, create a flipbook. Imagine sending someone a sketch that comes to life to better illustrate your concept. With FlipBook, you can create cell animation, a prototype, or proof of concept.

Example of animation created with SketchBook's FlipBook animation

For an Introduction to FlipBook tutorial, check out The Bouncing Ball by Andre Quijano.

Chasing Christmas from Andrew G. Thomas on VimeoRead how Andrew used FlipBook in creating this short.

Animation in SketchBook Motion

SketchBook Motion was named iPad App of the Year for 2016It is fully-unlocked as a free app for SketchBook subscribersAvailable as a separate download from iTunes.

Available exclusively on 64-bit iPad Air gen 1 +, iPad Pro gen 1 +, and iPad mini gen 2 +

School of Fish by Rae Morris is SketchBook Motion

For Welcome to Motion in other languages, check out the following links:

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Pусский 日本語 한국어 简体中文 繁體中文

App Store editors gave the following reason for why SketchBook Motion was selected as Best iPad App of the Year:

Animation is anything but easy. That is, unless you’re using our 2016 iPad App of the Year. SketchBook Motion’s first trick is ditching insider terms like “keyframe” and “timeline” — instead opting for wonderfully natural words like “wind” and “rain”. It’s SO much easier for us to wrap our heads around, and the simple tutorials and excellent samples help, too. Of course, it’s got Apple Pencil support – it even offers an iMessage App so we can share animation in a flash.

Bring life to your images! Create beautiful animated scenes, communicate simple to complex concepts, or just have fun! With SketchBook Motion, add lively effects or subtle movement to your still illustrations. Watch as elements move, multiply, and grow. Combine these easy effects to create endless possibilities, adding meaning and emotion to your work.

SketchBook Motion is fully-unlocked for SketchBook subscribers. You can save up to 3 scenes without a subscription. To try the full version FREE for 7 days, check out the trial.

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Additional Information

  • If you choose to upgrade to a Pro subscription, you will be charged through your iTunes Account, for just $29.99/year.
  • Subscription automatically renews for the subscription period you select, unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You will receive a reminder email prior to the end of your current subscription period.
  • You may cancel your SketchBook subscription at any time but it will not take effect until the end of your current subscription period.
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Special thanks to the following artists for providing truly creative work found in the Gallery:

  • Ko Maruyama
  • Rina Piccolo
  • Jules Soto
  • David Thorp
  • Ryohei Yamashita
Updated on October 13, 2017

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