All the tools you need included natively
Create smooth skeletal animation, directly within the Sprite Editor, with rigging, tessellation and bone creation. Use the PSD Importer to import character parts directly from multilayered artwork and animate the characters with keyframes or curves in the animation timeline. 2D Inverse Kinematics (IK) simplifies animation by automatically calculating bone positions and rotations required to achieve a target position.
Why use 2D Animation
With 2D Animation’s bone-based system, you can reuse sprites to bring characters to life, alter frame rate or modify the animation instantly. Using layered images with PSD Importer saves you additional time as you don’t have to export sprites individually and reassemble the parts.
Smooth and adaptable animation
Sometimes an animation needs to change at runtime, for example, to create a smooth transition, to adjust the animation speed to the character speed, or to make the character’s feet react to the ground. Discover how Inverse Kinematics can help immerse your characters in your world.
More animation with fewer assets
Traditional animation requires considerable memory for large characters and high frame rates. With skeletal animation, you can make all the animations from a single sprite: reuse animations to create variations by changing individual sprites or adding customization.
Unite Copenhagen 2019
Get an overview of 2D rigging in Unity and understand when to use it. You’ll learn if it’s the right solution for your specific use case.
See how you can make use of 2D Animation and its various features. The Scripting API section details how to use the APIs in the package.
Import layered Photoshop files directly into Unity. This is a great timesaver when you create characters with several limbs and parts for use with 2D Animation.
Sprite Rigging at GDC 2019
Learn about the new unified Sprite Rigging workflows, and get a sneak peek of the 2D Lighting system.
2D Tips Lighting Round
Learn productivity tips and performance tricks for 2D projects to get the most out of Unity 2D tools.
2D sample project
Lost Crypt is a 2D side-scroller sample project that showcases all of Unity’s 2D tools. It uses 2D Animation to animate the main character.
The evolution of 2D game tools
Explore how Unity’s 2D toolset has evolved to include a host of powerful graphics features such as dynamic lighting, materials, shaders, and post-processing.