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Ian Ross has just released a book on Anim8or. It's perect for a beginner and a good reference for experienced users. It contains detailed chapters on every aspect, with many examples. Get your own copy here: "Anim8or Tutorial Book"

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / sketch-based modeling and Anim8or
« on: September 14, 2022, 09:48:14 am »
Monster Mash is a new sketch-based modeling and animation tool that allows you to quickly
sketch a character and it inflates it into a 3D model, and promptly animate it.
You can export it as OBJ file format with a texture into anim8or.

These are some finished results that have been imported into anim8or.

I altered the image in phoxo (free 2d editing program) to iron out the stretch marks and added a black and white bump map. I also altered the material settings.



  Also you can add bones to the monster mash models.

   Here is a link to the website

   Check out  this Youtube video tutorial link



Anim8or Movie Manual (free E-Book)
Anim8or Movie Manual teaches you to transform anim8or into your own Hollywood studio. Using free apps on your smart phone you will be able to change your face and add hats/costumes etc.

Remove backgrounds without having to spend money on expensive green screens and spotlights.

Import your live film footage into anim8or so you can interact
with your created 3d models.

This will give you the ability to create adverts, music videos,
television studio presentations, Sci Fi films and monster movies etc. Using free applications.


Finished Works and Works in Progress / New water anim8or script.
« on: November 16, 2020, 09:27:32 am »
To all anim8or 8) artists please try out the new water script, it is very good :)


You can find it here  :o,6025.0.html

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Leocad and Anim8or
« on: November 28, 2014, 09:16:53 am »
Make “Lego style” movies using free software. Use Leocad (free software) to create building block models similar to Lego, then import your models into anim8or and animate your creations.
Check my finished movie.


You can download Leocad from  do the basic tutorial or you can import your building blocks into anim8or (remember to ungroup them). I got a good result using the 3ds export, but you can use .obj.

Finished Works and Works in Progress / DINO8OR
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:34:31 am »
I first got interested in 3d graphics when I saw Jurassic Park in 1993. I am happy to include some of my anim8or dino pics.

Universal Pictures have announced the next Jurassic Park film will be called Jurassic World.
The studio's fourth instalment is set for a 12 June 2015 release, nearly a year later than previously stated.
Colin Trevorrow will direct the film, with Steven Spielberg being the producer.

 My next anim8or creation is dedicated to the legendary Willis Harold O'Brien, who was an American motion picture special effects and stop-motion animation pioneer, is best remembered for his work on The Lost World (1925), King Kong (1933) and Mighty Joe Young (1949), for which he won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Is there anybody out there who remembers the 1933 King Kong? ???
It is one of my favourite movies. 8)

General Anim8or Forum / Style-8or
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:12:54 am »
Depending on what your next project is? ??? You may wish to mix various rendered styles. Anim8or mimics traditional 2d cartoons, so why not mix 2d and 3d.

Also, it is possible to mix flat shaded and imported cut out images with 3d backgrounds. You could also have 3d characters set against 2d or cut out backdrops.

       :o Please review my you tube film. ::)

General Anim8or Forum / 2d Anim8or
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:10:17 pm »
                                  2d Anim8or

Have you thought about creating your next animation project in 2d? ??? Anim8or mimics traditional 2d line cartoons.
2d toons are still very popular in advertising, children’s TV, adult animation and graphic design artwork, check out Sponge Bob and Family Guy.
Most 2d TV toons are created with vector software such as toon boon (pro bundle costing about $1500 also adobe flash pro costing $1035). This software is expensive and you have to draw your characters at different angles. The great advantage of working in a 3d environment, you can visualise your toons from different angles. ::)



It is easy to add shadows and add different coloured toon lines to your figures, rendering different coloured toon lines in blender was very difficult to achieve :'(, but it is easy in Anim8or.

Use simple morph targets to create mouth movements and exaggerated body movements.

Re-use walking, running sequences and hand gesture actions etc., this can save time.

 Create your own unique style and you never know you could have global hit? 8)

   Please review my you tube movie.


Please add any links which relate to 2d/cel shaded Anim8or work.

General Anim8or Forum / Anim8or and Project Dogwaffle / PD Pro / Howler
« on: November 29, 2012, 10:39:02 am »
 ;)Anim8or and Project Dogwaffle / PD Pro / Howler

Check out link -

We are exploring ways to use Dogwaffle with anim8or, as well as using Anim8or with Project Dogwaffle. For example, how to paint textures and map them onto the 3D objects. Or how to create 3D shapes to make new fancy brush images. Or creating animations with anim8or, to then further improve and edit with post work in Dogwaffle. You can also use More examples and tutorials coming here soon. ::)
Anim8or AVI movie to Dogwaffle animated brush
image sequences from anim8or as animated brushes.
Check out the first tutorial below- ::)


Anim8or modeling #1 - to Dogwaffle custom brush :o
check out tutorial

spaceship1 - compositing color and alpha parts
Anim8or & Dogwaffle
check out tutorial   ::)

spaceship1 - brushes for rocket engine exhaust fire check out tutorial  ;D

Coming soon a new tutorial

General Anim8or Forum / Another anim8or success story!
« on: November 27, 2012, 10:35:31 am »
Another anim8or success story!

An interview with Italian animator/digital artist Davide Maugeri the creator of the mini movie Ugly Dino, created with anim8or.

The Ugly Dino link below


 :)-So how old were you, when you created the Ugly Dino movie?

Hmmm, I think it was around 2009-2010 so I was 20-21 years old.

 :)-How did you get to hear about anim8or and was it your first 3d piece of software?

Well, I discovered it by chance one day, I was on vacation and I decided to buy this CG magazine back in 2005, in which I read about Anim8or for the first time. So I downloaded the software and started practicing immediately.

 :)-How long did it take for you to create from start to finish?

About 8 months, actually. It was around March when I've had a flash of inspiration on turning the classic old Ugly Duckling fairy tale into a prehistoric revisitation of it. Then I started working on the project, I defined the personality and looks of the characters. They all were all great fun to make, especially Singe and Arnold (which has been a very tricky character and possibly one of the heaviest and most detailed rigs I've ever done in Anim8or). The whole thing came to an end during the Holiday season (December, if I'm not wrong).

 :)-Did the Dino movie open up any doors for you?

It certainly did. I learned a lot about modeling-rigging-animation, in fact, 2009 was the year when I started studying Maya and created my very first animated short with it. Plus, I've had the chance to improve my screenplay-direction skills, which were a bit weak when I made Friend of Mine. I owe a lot to the Ugly Dino!

 :)-What big projects are you working on now?

Well, I've been working at Rainbow CGI where I animated on an feature film called "Gladiators of Rome" (Gladiatori di Roma) and the 5th season of Winx Club. They both were a lot of fun to animate on. About personal projects, I've teamed up with some work mates and friends and worked on the pilot of a 3D animated serie called Befriend the Bull. After that, we started working on a brand new short which will be a big tribute to the genie of Jim Henson (and of course, Henson himself). It will feature two characters from one of his most famous series, Baby and Earl Sinclair from Dinosaurs, -completely rebuilt in CG- and some Muppets as well. It will be complete in a few months, and we really hope the Jim Henson Company will enjoy it!

 :)-I noticed from your blog, that your Dad is the famous painter Stefano Maugeri, please tells us a little bit about your Father’s work and how it influenced you?

I consider myself lucky enough to have two parents who both have great artistic talent. None of them decided to work in the animation field, still I'm glad their artistic influences have combined and helped me create something new.

 :)-What is your favourite all time animation movie, please tell us why you like it?

Heh, that's some question! I've tried many times to make a ranking out of my favorite animated film, but I just couldn't. It's like saying "Which of your brothers you love the most?" You love them all the same way. Of course, I'm particularly fond to all the Disney classics such as Brother Bear, Pocahontas, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid and so on. Their music, animations, characters and magic gave me a lot and made me the person I am today. As for the latest ones, I really loved Surf's Up, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Ice Age, Tangled, Toy Story, Shrek, Alpha and Omega, Niko & The Way to the Stars, etc.

 :)-What do you hope to do in the future?

Well, I hope to improve my animation skills -I still have SO much to learn- and move abroad. I would love to take part of a big animation team and work on a great feature film.

Thank you Davide for the interview and I wish you well and more success in the future.

Finished Works and Works in Progress / 2D ANIMATION IN ANIM8OR
« on: November 22, 2012, 07:37:31 am »
  Hello all Anim8ors, I recently found an old drawing I made when I was a very young boy, so I decided to make it into a movie, a lot of people use flash and toon-boom for making traditional 2d animation but I prefer anim8or because building your 2d creations in a 3d environment has many advantages over the old fashioned vector technique. ;)

Watch the animation here-


30 Places to Make Money Creating Your Own Products. Print on demand (POD) is a printing technology and business process in which new copies of a book, CD,T-Shirt, Lamp Shade (and a lot of other products) are not printed until an order has been received,which means goods can be made one at a time, and shipped to your customer, and  then the POD company pays you, they also give you a free E-Store with it’s own  web address, so you can upload  your anim8or designs on to baseball hats , shirts & soft toys etc.
What’s more, it is all free. And free is the best kind of price.
Also my research notes teaches you-
Build your own web site in 5 minutes, get your own domain name and instantly publish it to the world wide web. All for
free $0.
Creative thinking techniques learn how to develop original ideas. ???

Learn how to publish and make money from E books and webcomics.

15 Freeways to market your website and business.

Bring all your skills together to become a multimedia producer.
Free E-Book from


Anim8or Challenges / [ COMPLETE ] Challenge #30: Construct8or
« on: June 20, 2012, 06:21:46 pm »
Challenge #30:Construct8or

Construct8or challenge, build something new and post your entry here!

Deadline: August 31, 2012

Must be completed using Construct8or. Otherwise just have fun!

This challenge will have a public poll. Vote for the best Construct8or assembly.

About Construct8or...

Construct8or is a 100% free 3d model construction system comprising re-usable metal strips, plates, angle, girders, wheels, axles and with nuts and bolts to connect the pieces. It enables the building of working models and mechanical devices. It comes with a 15 page manual, and you load it into anim8or. Similar to Meccano, Erector sets and vintage construction toys.

Youtube Video

Download the attached file or on this website:
Remember to unzip construct8or to a new folder, and please read the manual before you start.

Finished Works and Works in Progress / HAPPY EASTER
« on: April 04, 2012, 06:08:08 am »

Happy Easter, watch the birdie!

Finished Works and Works in Progress / ANIM8OR TRUCK
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:48:13 am »
Hi check out my Anim8or truck

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