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How to use Autodesk SketchBook Motion

Use Autodesk SketchBook Motion to add animation to an existing image, by importing the image, then drawing the components that will be animated, and placing them on different layers. You can also draw something from scratch, then draw the animated components on separate layers.

Here are a few examples of what you can do. If you’re looking for additional inspiration, in the app’s gallery, select Examples and check out Creating a professional looking animated logo and How to make ecards.

Popcorn animation created in SketchBook MotionArrival animation created in SketchBook MotionDave's logo animated in SketchBook Motion

SketchBook Motion leads you through scene creation. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

What is a scene? A scene is the animated project you create in SketchBook Motion. It can be as simple or as complex as you imagine. Animate a bird flying, rain falling, or a logo with glows and other effects.

All your work happens in the canvas. This is where scene creation occurs. You draw in the canvas, drag files onto it, and set and modify behaviors here. It is your workspace.

Using SketchBook Motion

Here are a bunch of ways you can use Motion:

To entertain or communicate

To create from scratch or use existing images

To output and share your work

  • Create stickers to add meaning and emotion to your iMessage
  • Share your feelings with lightweight GIFs
  • Export high-quality movies as MP4s
  • Upload html links that can be shared and viewed in any browser

To deepen your knowledge

Updated on October 13, 2017

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