Animation App Turns Sketches Into GIFs

Animation App Turns Sketches Into GIFs

Creating short animations from hand-drawn images just got a lot easier.

Ross Brooks
  • 13 august 2013

Turning a simple sketch into an animation may soon be an effortless proposition thanks to a new app for the iPad called Loop. 

The app was created by Universal Everything, and inspired by the the working methodology of Matt Pyke – lead UE designer – which involves using pen and paper to generate ideas and develop creative direction.

Loop wants to fill a gap in the market, by offering a tool that is easy to use and capable of adding a time dimension to a basic sketch.

Apart from the fact that most UI elements in the app were “hand” drawn to reflect it’s purpose, the app makes creating animations fast and engaging, as opposed to arduous and repetitive as with more traditional methods.


Some of the features include frame by frame drawing, onion skinning, frame duplication, trace over video frames, and expressive pen widths – available in red/blue and black.

The finished product is generated as an animated gif in 320px x 180px resolution, which is easy to share via email, Tumblr, or your own Loop gallery.

Costing just $0.99 from the App Store, making it not only easy to create your own animations, but also affordable.


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