Animation Desk is a perfect tool for animating, storyboarding, and sketching. It’s an app loved by professional and amateur animators, Youtubers, and many art enthusiasts

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.

- Featured in Top100 iPad Entertainment apps in 86 App Stores
- Featured by Apple on iTunes Home Page
- Featured by Yahoo Tech
- Featured by TechCrunch
- Recommended by edshelf,, All abot apps in YOUR classroom, iPad Educators

• 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*
• Color palettes for developing and managing color schemes
• Caption*
• 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 9.1.0

- Create more sequences for free
- Save more colors for free than v9.0.7
- Fixed a bug that caused video export to fail
- Fixed some bugs that caused app crashes
- Ad display updated

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11.9K Ratings

11.9K 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.

Unhappy Animator ,

Good for learning the ropes, BUT way too glitchy

I’ve encountered multiple issues while working on an animation. I’ve spent over a month working on an animation, and given that it’s my very first one, I’m extremely frustrated. I will only be talking about the most recent major problems I’ve had.
Earlier today I was working on my animation and it was perfectly fine. These problems occurred after a couple of hours.
First of all, while I was working on adding to each of my frames, the background for one of my frames became the background for all of my frames. I was nearly finished with the line art for all of my frames when this happened. This is incredibly frustrating because I was using the background as references for the character movements, and originally each of the backgrounds were the person in different positions.
Secondly, soon after, I saw that the line art for all of my frames became a previous version. What I mean by this is that I spent the last week or so darkening all of my line art, but the current version is how the line art looked before it was darkened and before I added heads to the person I was animating. The last week or two of my work are now gone.
I have also filed a ticket through the app and hope to receive a response soon. I have been working on this animation since December 22nd. It is now February 2nd. I have put countless hours into this and have gotten too far to see it go to waste.

Developer Response ,

Hi, we are so sorry that the app does not perform as expected. We appreciate that if you can help us out to solve this problem. Please provide your device model. OS version, and the ad.pacakge to Please also check the followings,

1. Did you replace the background? If so, what type of original background did you have in the sequence? Is it a video or an image?

2. After the problem occurs, is there any rules for the replaced image? For example, is it the first frame of the video background?

We are very sorry for the troubles and are doing our best to solve the issues. We feel sorry for asking for more information, but your support will help us detect the causes. Thank you.

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