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Bring Your Drawings to Life with Animation Apps for iPad

Whether you are an experienced artist or beginner who is interested in creating animations, we have the apps for you. Grab your iPad, open your mind, and create a masterpiece in motion.

Animation Desk Classic

Make it move.

Animation Desk Classic

Animation Desk Classic

For those who want a drawing animation tool with robust features and sharing options.

Animation Desk Classic lets you create hand-drawn animations. You can choose your frame rate, apply a dynamic background, add music or sound effects, and insert pictures or shapes. You will also enjoy being part of Anizone, which is a YouTube platform for Animation Desk Users to explore and share their creations. Note that some features may require a subscription.

Why we love it

If you enjoy turning your hand-drawn creations into animated works of art, Animation Desk Classic is the app for you.

Animation & Drawing by Do Ink

Animation & Drawing by Do Ink

DK Pictures, Inc.

Animation & Drawing by Do Ink

For those who want an animation app with great drawing and composition features.

With editors for drawing and composition, Animation & Drawing by Do Ink is a terrific tool. The app is good for both beginners and skilled artists. It offers flipbook and keyframe animations, frame-by-frame or single-frame options, and draggable motion paths. There are a variety of export options and many other features to explore for your masterpiece.

Why we love it

Animation & Drawing by Do Ink is a wonderful iPad animation tool for any level of artist.

Animation Desk®

Animation Desk®

Kdan Mobile Software LTD

For those who want to import video clips and turn them into animations.

With Animation Desk Cloud, you can pull in your video clips and transform them into awesome animations. If you prefer to draw new figures, the app offers more than 20 brushes, rotoscoping, and onion-skinning tools. Set up any FPS, play animations backward, and create loops with this easy-to-use app.

Why we love it

Animation Desk Cloud gives you the tools to draw or import figures to make amazing animations.

Animatic by Inkboard

Quickly animate with your Apple Pencil

Animatic by Inkboard

For sketchers and drawers who think their art is too static

Inkboard's Animatic will get you making flipbook-style short animations in no time. And when you're done, you can export them as videos or GIFs to show off your work to the world.

Why we love it

We're old enough to have blown an entire stack of Post-Its making stick figures dance and/or fight. Or fight and then dance. Or the other way around. We kept it simple. But it's nice to see that technology has reached a point where our artistic aspirations have a fancy new home.

Stick Nodes Pro - Animator

Stick Nodes Pro - Animator

Ralph Damiano

Stick Nodes Pro - Animator

For those who want an animation app with automatic frame-tweening.

With Stick Nodes Pro, you can use the virtual camera for a great effect, enable the automatic frame-tweening feature, and color or scale on a per-segment basis. The app offers additional features compared to the free version such as the abilities to add sounds and export to MP4 format. The clean and easy interface makes creating animations a breeze.

Why we love it

Stick Nodes Pro is a great tool for stick-figure animations that you can turn into GIFs.

Animation Pro

Animation Pro

Stephen Keen

For those who want a full-featured animation app with clones, figures, and audio.

Animation Pro is an all-inclusive animation tool for iPad. You can create complex figures with built-in options along with scaling, blurring, distorting, and highlighting. Use the Shadow Wizard for realistic shadows, include audio with a variety of possibilities, share, export, and create something amazing.

Why we love it

If you are in the market for an iPad animation app with tons of features and options, Animation Pro is it.

FlipaClip - Cartoon Animation

FlipaClip - Cartoon Animation

Visual Blasters LLC

FlipaClip - Cartoon Animation

For those interested in creating flipbook animations.

FlipaClip - Cartoon Animation lets you create unique flipbook-style animations. The app provides drawing, text, and grid tools, onion layers, an animation timeline, and frames manager. With Apple Pencil support and social media sharing, you can create and share something different.

Why we love it

If you want to try something different in animations, check out the flipbook style in FlipaClip - Cartoon Animation.

Animation Creator HD

Animation Creator HD

miSoft

Animation Creator HD

For those who want an HD animation tool for iPad with an array of drawing tools.

Animation Creator HD provides a nice variety of tools for creating drawings that you can bring to life. You can have infinite frames and animations, use layers and an animation scrub tool, and add audio to your creations. Pens, pencils, erasers, spray cans, shapes, and so much more are at your fingertips.

Why we love it

Animation Creator HD is an affordable animation app with wonderful drawing tools.

FrameFervor - Animation App

FrameFervor - Animation App

Dan Fast

FrameFervor - Animation App

For those interested in a free animation app for iPad.

FrameFervor – Animation App is a simple and free tool for iPad. The app has ghosting, layering, looping, and rotoscoping. You can scale, translate, and rotate drawings, export to GIF or movie files, and use a handy stylus.

Why we love it

If you are just starting out and want to try a free iPad animation tool, check out FrameFervor – Animation App.

StickMotion Animation

StickMotion Animation

Stephen Keen

For those interested in a 2-D animation app with a useful Help section.

For stick figures, cut-out style, and stop-motion animations, take a look at StickMotion Animation for iPad. The app offers a figure builder and editor, import options for props and audio effects, and export to image or video file formats. With instant previews, a virtual camera, and advanced image blending, StickMotion Animation is a nice animation app.

Why we love it

StickMotion Animation is a good choice if you want to combine stick figure, cut-out, and stop-motion animations.