Dream big with Animation Desk. Draw frame-to-frame animation from scratch, or create animations upon videos, images, Photoshop layers. Animation Desk supports multiple export formats. Create animation on your iPad and iPhone with Animation Desk.

Screenshot credits,
#4: Pei Yu Lin, Cryaniml. Follow Pei Yu on Twitter @nimae04
#5: Kristine Petilla, The Amazing transforming Box. Her website,
#6: LeopARTnik, Work that Camera. Follow LeoArtnik on Instagram @leopartnik

Thank you Pei Yu, Kritine, and LeoARTnik for choosing Animation Desk.

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- Featured by Apple on iTunes Home Page
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• Import Photoshop layers (PSD)
• Make animation over videos and pictures
• Create animations with different aspect of ratio, FPS, and duration

• Brushes and Erasers
• Onion skin
• Color-coded onion skinning*
• Selection tools
• Layers*
• Personalized color palette *
• Perfect with Apple Pencil 1,2, Wacom and Adonit styli

• Frame tags *
• Ruler tools
• Frame viewer and timeline
• Zoom-in and zoom-out
• Canvas rotation

• Export individual frame into image
• Export videos
• Export PSD layers, PDF, and GIF (up to 640x480 px), PDF*
• Export video with different aspect of ratio
• Add music to the animations
• Combine multiple animation sequences into an animatic storyboard

* Some features are available with Creativity 365 or Animation Desk Pro subscription

The basic plan includes many free tools, but if you are looking for something more, here are the options,

• Kdan Cloud 500GB
Annual plan: billed annually at $9.99/ year
Monthly plan: billed monthly at $2.99/ month

• Animation Desk Pro (with 500G Kdan Cloud storage)
Annual plan: billed annually at $29.99/year
Quarterly plan: billed quarterly at $10.99/quarter
Monthly plan: billed monthly at $4.99/ month

• Creativity 365 (with 1 TB Kdan Cloud storage)
Annual plan: billed annually at $59.99/year after 7-day trial ends
Quarterly plan: billed quarterly at $19.99/quarter after 3-day trial ends
Monthly plan: billed monthly at $9.99/monthly after 3-day trial ends

Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. Subscriptions will be charged through your iTunes account at the confirmation of purchase. Your subscriptions will automatically renew unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of current subscription period. Your iTunes account will be charged for renewal within 24-hour prior to the end of the current period, for the same duration and at the current subscription price. You may manage your subscriptions in your iTunes Account Settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during an active subscription period.

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What’s New

Version 9.0

Hello, we are happy to present a redesigned editing interface in Animation Desk. Not only so, we also add in some new features,
-A timeline that shows users an overview of a sequence of frames
-Ruler to create perfect straight lines, circles, squares, and triangles
-Zoom-in and zoom-out rate increased
-Canvas rotation
-Color palette saving
-Selection tool enhanced

To keep improving our services, we have updated the price of Animation Desk Pro. The existing subscribers won’t be affected by this change. For more details please read the product description. We hope you like this new update as we do.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
10K Ratings

10K Ratings

RoiBRocker ,

Some REALLY helpful updates that can really improve Animation Desk:

I thought of some really helpful updates that would really help the drawing community. The first one is the pen. The pen which draws a circular line is to small at max size, and should be bigger at max size. Its hard to draw stick figures with such a small pen, and it would be amazing if it could be bigger. Also, the majority of animators who animate with this application animate on an iPad Pro, like me, and drawing with one hand on the screen and an Apple Pencil on it at the same time interrupts the drawing that were drawing. I think their should be a setting to make it so that the screen doesn’t sense my hand but only the Apple Pencil. Many other applications already have this and it would be great if this did to. Stabilizer: If you’ve ever used Paint Tools Sai, you know what I’m talking about. In Paint Tools Sai, they have an option called the stabilizer which makes lines more smooth by giving what your drawing a delay to make the drawing more curvier. In Animation Desk, my circles always turn out straight and not round. A circle looks lie 7 lines put together and if Animation Desk hade a stabilizer tool, that would be AMAZING! I really hope you read this, because it took me a long time to type, and if you did, please please please add these things to Animation desk in the next update! Thanks! 🙂

Developer Response ,

Hello RoiBRocker, thanks for your awesome review. We have put your suggestions about the brushes, palm rejection, and stabilizer in the backlog. Thank you.

😄😁😊🙂😀 ,

Pretty good!

This app is pretty great! All though, I’ve only been using the app for a few days and have not discovered every feature about this app. I’m not sure if there are any tools such as a ruler, a circle maker, and maybe a cut-out. Maybe I am just not looking hard enough. (That’s probably the case.) But yes, I do recommend this app to anybody. Maybe even starters. I do recommend this app over FlipaClip. In FlipaClip, you can’t really draw straight lines. So basically everything just looks rough. Congrats to the developer(s) who made such a great functional app! You did so good! But, I do feel like this may be confusing to some people just by reading the reviews. Also, I’m glad you are commenting back to others in need of help. I was wondering if maybe you could tell me we’re the tools are if there are any. If you see this comment and respond, thank you for reading this. Once agin I do recommend this app. Please do download this if you are into animating and drawing. Thank you!

Developer Response ,

Hello, thanks for your detailed feedback! Unfortunately, ruler tools will be available on in the next couple of update, but we are working on it now. If you are interested in making animation, you might be interested in our iAniMagic animation competition. More information will be available in our newsletter and Facebook page.

Luvga ,

Procreate instead!!

If you’r looking and app just for fun and practice the basic principles of animation, this may be the app for you. On the other hand, if you are serious about learning drawing and enhance your animation skills, this is definitely not the app for you.
After two years using this app, came across serious frustration. The poor brushes offered with bold tick doesn’t allow you to create a smooth sketches. The palm rejection need to be enhanced, every time you touch the screen with your finger either to skip the frame or increase the tick of your pen, a line is recognized in the canvas. The limited interface withdraw you valuable time of your creativity, related but not limited to flip your canvas, add a photo, sort and organize you frames. The most thing I struggle with, was that for reason if you close the app in the middle of a running of an animation, when you came back it delete randomly delete frames, so your force to number your pages and keeps back up in case the program delete or sort the frames.
I have reported this issues severely times and supporting team bring no corrections. Also I won competition several years ago and for some reason they delete all my projects from their webpage. This only speak of the poor supporting team behind this app. A good recommendation, try procreate instead. You’r welcome in advance!

Developer Response ,

Hello, thank you for reporting your concern about the functions and stability of the app. The competition website is updated annually hence we don't show all the winning works from the previous year. We beg your pardon if there is a problem with the account or other technical issues.


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Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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