Your versatile software... ...for 2D animation

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Infinite styles for unlimited creativity

TVPaint Animation not just for making images move ! TVPaint's animation functionality has been built around a powerful painting engine that has been developed and improved since 1991. You can use its drawing tools for preliminary sketches, background paintings, or simply make great illustrations.

Powerful drawing tools

Rose - Sandra Fierlinger Possibilites with drawing tools are unlimited with the custom brushes system ! You can use a graphics tablet to control the size, opacity, angle, jitter and smearing of your brushes in real-time. TVPaint's unique brush-cutting system also allows you to create animated brushes out of sequences of images. Texturize your brush strokes with TVPaint's "Papers" to simulate drawing on rough or bumpy surfaces with watercolor, gouache, chalk, crayon... You can even create your own papers from photos and other images. Your imagination is your only limit to your creativity !

Numerous drawing modes (such as "Erase", "Color", "Lighten", "Tint"...) can be used to enhance every brush stroke. The "Healing tool" mode can be used to apply quick touch-ups to photographs or images. The "Smear stamp" mode of the Custom Brush, makes your brush mix and blend with existing paint on the canvas realistically! And the "Smear Source" mode will be your best ally to turn a photograph in a painted or scribbled portrait.

The parameter "Projection" will allow you to create splatter brushes. The results are really nice and will give to your backgrounds and characters an unique rendering.
Palette - Tevy Dubray

Using Custom panels are great to save all your favorite custom brushes and special functions. You may even export your panels, so you can share them with other TVPaint Animation users!

Finally, your custom panels can also be embedded in your TVPaint project, in order to be sure you will always use the good tools on your illustration.

Easier colorization

If you prefer to colorize your drawings in a few clicks, TVPaint Animation proposes 3 different filling tools : the paint bucket, the "Fill inside" feature and the CTG layer.

The first two allow to colorize a given area, depending on a chosen tolerance, either by a click or via a selection.

Hiroshima Festival mascot character : Lappy

The Colour & Texture Generator layer uses a more complex algorithm allowing to fill several areas at once. Moreover, it offers the considerable advantage of indexing colors : if you change your mind about a nuance, the modification will be applied automatically. These color libraries also allow you to apply textures easily.

Girl - Tevy Dubray

Manage Layers

TVPaint Animation has a simple and efficient layers' management.

You can label and tag your layers with colors to make it easier to sort through the elements of your illustrations. Modify the opacity of individual layers and composite them with blending modes, like "Screen", "Multiply", "Lighten" or "Burn" (more than 25 blending modes are available). You can also use any layer as a stencil/mask to constrain modifications on other layers without changing the original, too!

Of course, you can add as many layers as you want without limits !

TVPaint Animation also includes a layer management system called "color groups". These groups allow you to organize your projects' different layers via a color mark, and to manage them quickly thanks to this panel.

Angkor - Tevy Dubray

You can also hide or display several layers in a few clicks, and even protect them with a password.

Additional features

TVPaint Animation's abundance of useful features makes drawing a joy !

Mixing "Guidelines" and "Library" features will ease conception of complex drawings (city backgrounds in perspective, drawings using lots of spherical shapes, etc.) You will also have the possibility to use images referenced in a library as a guide. Painting a background has never been easier !

Saloon - Paul Schwarz - "Lightning" FX was used for this background.

You noticed a small mistake in your construction and you wish to slightly retouch it ? Our "Warp" tool and its ability to twist images via a grid will become your best ally.

Stylize your art with effects such as: "Glow", "Borders", various Blurring filters, "Toon Shading", "Shadow"...
You can also rotate the view to make drawing more comfortable, and TVPaint's built-in "Line smoothing" settings will be indispensable for inking your illustrations. Finally, you can record the making of your art with the "Drawing recorder" for video tutorials and demo-reels.

Which version is right for me ?

TVPaint Animation Standard Edition will satisfy your needs with drawing tools and stylized effects, but with TVPaint Animation Professional Edition, you can enhance your art even further with layer blending modes, the healing toolits special effects, its CTG layers and its warp tool.

We also recommend the TVPaint Animation Creation Pack, which is the painter/illustrator's best friend. TVPaint Animation Creation Pack is an add-on that contains over a hundred custom brushes and paper presets.

Fairy - Mark Chong