Why should I choose Toonz?
Because Toonz is more than an ink and paint package, it is a complete
Animation production is not just a question of inking and painting
cels and then compositing them; there are many other steps in the
production process and Toonz has a solution for all of them.
Need to import and manipulate a large color backgrounds or even
gigantic animation drawings which dont fit into your A3 scanner?
Need to import and edit a stereo track? use Toonzaudio.
Need a tool to manage the computer's unattended work? - use Batches.
Need to print on paper your image file with its field guide to register
another animation? Or import images from other software packages?
and close leaks on a whole level? - use Utilities.
These are just a few examples of the large variety of tools available
in Toonz for addressing all the steps of the production process,
because animation production is more than just inking and painting
cels and then compositing them.
Well, I'm a traditional animator and I'm concerned about computers,
cluttered interfaces and obscure menus...
You shouldnt be, because Toonz is designed to emulate the
traditional animation process, it has a familiar and straightforward
user interface and makes the user comfortable from the very beginning.
Its powerful and intuitive environment is easy to learn. Traditional
animators arent overwhelmed by complex command routines or
Toonz has a short learning curve: ink and paint takes one day to
How does Toonz handle the original drawing style of the animator?
With Toonz, the traditional skills required for the animation such
as pencil keys and in-betweens are still an integral part of the
The original drawing style of the animator is integrally preserved
by Toonz; the line integrity, such as the thickness, the thinness
and the tapered qualities, is maintained.
Meanwhile, Toonz eliminates some of the more tedious aspects of
animation, it provides filters for increasing or decreasing contrast,
sharpening or smoothing lines and remove any undesirable effects
from the scanned images.
Toonz also provides parameters for compensating differences in pencil
line density from one drawing to another throughout the scene.
How many levels of animation can be loaded in Toonz?
An infinite number of levels can be loaded and used in Toonz.
The levels can be moved by linking them to the pegbars (you have
up to 999 auxiliary pegbars), or by using reference points called
Note that several levels can be linked to the same pegbar.
What benefits will Toonz give to my productions?
Toonz will provide you with tools to accelerate and improve time-consuming
tasks and will allow you to develop projects unachievable or simply
too expensive when using traditional means, delivering superb final
quality. Toonz extends the creative options: auto-balance of the
levels line density; superior palette editing tools and features;
powerful automated tools in ink and paint; real-time multi-window
animation flip book with onion skinning and zooms and pans hooking
all the windows; overnight batch capability; audio support; unlimited
number of xsheet levels; infinite number of pegs; animated palettes;
Multiplane camera; mattes; motion paths and tons of special effects
like transparency, backlit, motion blur, glows, shades.
Can Toonz handle Film projects?
Yes, Toonz is resolution independent and has been production proven
in motion picture projects, therefore working on video or multimedia
will be very FAST!
You can forget issues like DPI or pixels. Toonz automatically deals
with them providing fresh unscaled images, whatever your output
is: multimedia, video or film.
If you deal with gigantic resolutions; if you do not accept compromises
on quality; if you push your creative contents to the edge of the
technology and you must meet your deadlines, then you have to rely
on a robust and comprehensive cel animation software package. If
instead you deal with video or multimedia then you will feel comfortable
knowing that Toonz has been sized to deal with film: smaller images
mean faster processing so when working on video, Toonz will be really
can I expect in the future from Toonz?
New software packages and plug-ins are constantly being developed
by Digital Video. We work closely with our customers listening to
their needs and are constantly looking to provide new solutions
to old problems and new tools to allow animators to do even more.
Here below you can find a list of some of our latest developments.
It provides a simple and powerful tool for doing the pencil test.
It can be used independently from Toonz, but it is seamlessly integrated
with all its production tools.
Toonz DS Plug-in
It gives you the possibility to work on a 2D animation directly
in the Digital Studio post-production environment and to integrate
2D animation and/or live movies. It provides you with some of the
Toonz classic modules and tools: Xsheet, Inknpaint, Camera Stand,
Scintillae - Particles &
FX plug-in for Toonz
It implements a particles engine, to generate atmospherical effects,
as well as a flock of birds, star fields, etc. It also provides
a wide range of Special Effects to stylize the images with customizable
pen strokes, add specific light and blur effects, distort images,
light up a fire, etc.
Toonz Export Scene plug-in for
Softimage|3D and Softimage|XSI
The plug-in reads from the scene created in the 3D software the
movements of the camera, the objects and the changes of the camera
field of view; then it computes the projections in the 2D environment.
The output of the plug-in is an .xsh file for the Xsheet module