Make a Simple Animation

I am going to show you how to make a simple animation with Synfig Studio. Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software.

Step 1: Download Synfig

First, download Synfig from

Then install and run it.

Step 2: Start Your Animation

When Synfig opens you need to add an image.

To import an image you need to click File - Import then select the image you want and click import.

If the image is too big or small, click on the image and drag the orange dot up or down to re-size the image.

For this example I used a zebra.

Step 3: Create Keyframes

First click on the red 0f near the bottom left corner and type 24f.

Next click on the key near it and click the plus.

Then click on the green man to the left.

There should be a red border around the screen.

Repeat the first 2 steps for 48f and 72f.

Step 4: Animate

Now it is time to move the image.

First change the current time to 24f.

Then move and rotate the image wherever you want by moving the green dot or the blue dot.

Repeat the first 2 steps for 48f and 72f.

Step 5: Export and Save

Click File - Render

Change the target to gif and rename the file extension to .gif

Then click on time and change the end time to 72f.

When you are done click render.



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6 Discussions


7 weeks ago

When I downloaded the file and opened it up in Synfig, there was nothing in there - it is totally blank.


3 months ago

Thanks for the very simple instructions!