Synfig

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INTRODUCTION

Synfig Studio (also known as Synfig) is a free and open source 2D vector graphics and timeline-based computer animation program.

Synfig supports a multitude of layers of various types; geometric, gradients, filters, distortions, transformations, fractal and a few others.

Full-featured bone system allows to create cutout animation using bitmap images or control your vector artwork.


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The Spoken Tutorial effort for Inkscape was contributed by Saurabh Gadgil, Arthi Anbalagan and Shital Joshi from the Spoken Tutorial Project and is supported by Nancy Varkey from IIT Bombay.

Basic Level

  1. Bouncing ball animation
    • Synfig Interface
    • Menu bar
    • Standard toolbar
    • Toolbox
    • Parameters panel
    • Keyframes panel
    • Time track panel
    • Layers panel
    • Draw basic shapes
    • Fill color
    • Animate a ball using squash effect
    • Add key frames and way points
    • Render output in gif format
  2. E-card animation
    • Steps to open Synfig
    • Save a file
    • Draw a basic shape
    • Import various png format images
    • Steps to animate the images
    • Steps to animate the text
    • Importance of naming layers appropriately
    • Preview the animation
    • Render the animation in avi format
  3. Draw a Toy train
    • Draw BG
    • Save the file
    • Draw trapezium for compartment
    • Resize using Transform tool
    • Draw circles for wheels
    • Group & duplicate the wheel objects
    • Group & duplicate the compartment objects
    • Draw rectangle for engine
    • Group the engine objects
    • Draw railway belt
    • Align shapes using Guideline
    • Preview the animation
    • Render the animation in avi format
  4. Animate a Toy train
    • Open previously created Train file
    • Change angle parameter in Synfig
    • Give Rotation effect to the wheels
    • Time Loop demonstration
    • Similar animation in all the other objects of the train
    • Waypoints are created on the Time track panel
    • Preview the animation
    • Render the animation in avi format
  5. Plant animation
    • Draw and animate shapes
    • Group layers
    • Use of Spline tool
    • Add a vertex by using Insert item
    • Use of the option "Loop Spline"
    • Mark active point as On/off option
    • Split tangent
    • Animate the shapes
    • Preview the animation
    • Render the animation in avi format
  6. Logo animation
    • Do Mirror object
    • Logo animation in Synfig
    • Draw using Spline tool
    • Spherize effect
    • Use Text tool
    • Change angle parameter
    • Change color parameter
    • Save the file
    • Preview the animation
    • Render the animation in avi format
  7. Basic bone animation
    • Open Synfig-character file
    • Create groups for each part of the body
    • Create master-group
    • Add bones
    • Add child bones
    • Explanation about the various coloured dots in the bone
    • Attach bones to body
    • Animate the bones
    • Preview
    • Render
  8. Cutout animation
    • Cutout animation in Synfig
    • Import an image in Synfig
    • Duplicate the image
    • Name the layers
    • Use the Cutout tool on that image
    • Mask the image
    • Adjust the nodes of mask
    • Rotate the mask
    • Animate the cutout shapes in Synfig
    • Save and render the file in Synfig

Contributors and Content Editors

Arthi