Bring life to your images. Create beautiful animated scenes, communicate simple to complex concepts, or just have fun! With SketchBook Motion, add lively effects or subtle movement to your still illustrations. Watch as elements move, multiply, and grow. Combine these easy effects to create endless possibilities, adding meaning and emotion to your work.

SketchBook Motion is fully-unlocked for SketchBook subscribers. You can save up to 3 scenes without a subscription. To try the full version FREE for 7 days, check out the trial.

Create beautiful animated scenes, convey simple to complex concepts, or just have fun!

Apply simple gestures to add lively animation or subtle effects.

Import images from your device or draw using your finger or Apple Pencil.

Export as iMessage stickers, animated GIFs, or MP4s.

Special thanks to the following artists for providing truly creative work found in the Gallery:

Ko Maruyama
Rina Piccolo
Jules Soto
David Thorp
Ryohei Yamashita

Additional Information:
• Subscriptions are charged through your iTunes Account, for USD $29.99/year or USD $4.99/month.
• Subscription automatically renews for the selected period, unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You'll receive a reminder email, prior to the end of your current subscription period.
• Manage subscription preferences in iTunes.
• Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when you purchase the subscription.

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What's New

Version 1.1.8

• Improved drag and drop into document functionality.
• Export to Save Video/Save Image crash has been resolved.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5

67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Animation is anything but easy. That is, unless you’re using our 2016 iPad App of the Year. SketchBook Motion’s first trick is ditching insider terms like “keyframe” and “timeline”—instead opting for wonderfully natural words like “wind” and “rain.” It’s SO much easier for us to wrap our heads around, and the simple tutorials and excellent examples help, too. Of course it’s got Apple Pencil support—it even offers an iMessage App so we can share animations in a flash.

Awesome except...


I have been searching relentlessly for a descent animating app to bring and give my characters life sorta. This is very good with good animating techniques and controls but I can’t drag and drop any of my pictures I would like to animate from Sketchbook. That is my only problem cause I was able to drag and drop my first picture I wanted and animate it but when I tried to drag and drop another pic from the same files, it wouldn’t work and it would just fade into nothing. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong but any help would be great. This is a very good app and I recommend it for the other beginning animators searching for an animation app.

$30/month subscription?


The App:
Fun, very easy to learn and use thanks to a good tutorial and a non-cluttered UI. Great job on this one. Thumbs up!

The Rest:
I bought the first sketchbook apps way back. I bought the current version via in-app purchase. I don’t have a Mac. And besides, I wouldn’t use it on desktop, hence no need for any cloud or sync. That leaves this app left in the subscription p. I can absolutely pay 30 bucks for this app, but not as a subscription fee. So please do consider making this app available with a one time purchase. Make it a separate app perhaps and, after x number of updates the customer needs to either stay on the current version or pay for the new version.

All these subscriptions every dev in the photo community implements today, they mean more monthly bills to keep track of. I got enough of those as it is. Creating an alternative for those that simply can’t do with all the subscriptions, for various reasons, would be great to see.


124.5 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), and iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation).
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Autodesk Inc.


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