Animation tool for creating 2D drawings using vector graphs

About Pencil2D

Pencil2D is a free and open-source software (FOSS) designed to help businesses create two-dimensional animations using bitmap images and vector graphics. The application enables graphic designers to import images, upload and save files, add layers, and add, remove, or duplicate key frames on a unified platform.

Pencil2D provides various tools such as fill, blur, or erase to add custom colors, create drawings and change the canvas size as per requirements. Designers can use the onion skinning functionality to view previous or next frames at once, create animated cartoons, and edit videos. Professionals can preconfigure settings in the preferences module to simultaneously view multiple drawings and set up their transparency level.

Pencil2D lets visual designers manage raster and vector workflows, automate tasks using customizable shortcuts, and export movies via command line. The platform allows users to enable or disable the sound layer, adjust width and height of the tool panel, and automate extension of timeline at the end of animation.

Pricing starting from:


  • Free Trial
  • Free
  • Open Source


Business size



United States

Supported Languages


Pricing starting from:


  • Free Trial
  • Free
  • Open Source


Pencil2D edit tool
Pencil2D preferences
Pencil2D onion scaling
View 4 more
Pencil2D video
Pencil2D screenshot: Pencil2D edit tool Pencil2D screenshot: Pencil2D preferences Pencil2D screenshot: Pencil2D onion scaling


Total features of Pencil2D: 18

  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Management
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Format Management
  • Data Import
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Image Editing
  • Interactive Content
  • Project Management
  • Real Time Data
  • Search Functionality
  • Third Party Integration
  • Video Editing


Adobe Illustrator CC

#1 Alternative to Pencil2D
Adobe Illustrator CC is a industry-standard software in vector drawing tools and applications for digital graphics in...


#2 Alternative to Pencil2D
CoreIDRAW is a graphic design software which enables users to create professional designs with vector illustration,...


#3 Alternative to Pencil2D
Lunacy by Icons8 is a graphic design software for Windows which helps businesses modify and store sketch files in a...


#4 Alternative to Pencil2D
SVGator is an online vector animation software that helps businesses create self-drawing, morph, skew, and color...


Overall rating

4 /5
Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Already have Pencil2D?

Software buyers need your help! Product reviews help the rest of us make great decisions.

Write a Review!
Showing 1 review
Pragya J.
Overall rating
  • Industry: Publishing
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Pencil2D - The Best Free 2D Animation Software

Reviewed on 2021/02/05

A very good beginner-friendly 2D animation application. Best for personal use and for learning and...

A very good beginner-friendly 2D animation application. Best for personal use and for learning and practicing 2D animation. Best for people looking for a free tool for creating hand drawn animations on a computer.


1)Beginner-Friendly - The User Interface is very easy and simple. Even a new user can pick up this tool in a few hours.
2)Completely Open Source - Free 2D animation software. You don't need to pay anything to use this application.
3)Cross-Platform - Can be used on any operating system or device.
4)Supports both Raster and Vector graphics. You can animate both Raster and vector assets.
5)Free to use, even commercially! It's completely free!
6)Comparitively works smoothly even on budget-friendly systems. You don't need a high-end system for the smooth running of this application. Yes, it works nicely on standard systems as well.


1) Need to animate frame by frame which takes a lot of time and patience.
2) No 3D support. Can only create 2D animations.
3) Limited options compared to other animation software.
4) Not much used by professional studios.

Pencil2D FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Pencil2D.

Pencil2D offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Free, Open Source
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Pencil2D is available as a free and open-source software (FOSS).

Pencil2D offers the following features:

  • Data Import/Export

Pencil2D has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Pencil2D supports the following languages:


We do not have any information about what devices Pencil2D supports

We do not have any information about what integrations Pencil2D has

Pencil2D offers the following support options:

Phone Support, FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials

Related categories

See all software categories found for Pencil2D.