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What is Live2D?

Software technology which allows creators 
to dynamically animate illustratedcharacters 
while preserving the charm of the original 2D art .

1

Animate your illustrated character.

Drawing has been a simple yet magical tool that reflects the creative sense of artists. Just a few lines of a pencil or a pale coloring of a brush can express rich emotions or subtle charms. But in 3D computer graphics, such attractions are often warped or vanished in the process of forcible transformation into three-dimensional sculptures in a virtual space.
Live2D helps artists create rich animations while keeping the original charms intact.

Move in three dimensions

2

Artists and fans love authentic 2D

Many of the works being created using Live2D have their origins in traditional 2D wether it’s a visual novel or famous illustration. 
This demonstrates that 2D artists and fans value Live2D’s advantage in preserving the authenticity and rich graphics of the original 2D art rendered in modern applications.

Move the original as it is

Strength 1

Consistent quality across different media forms

Attractive characters are often featured across different media, but it is rare to see visual consistency when such characters originate in 2D but transformed in 3D. 
Live2D enables the original 2D art to be applied in various media forms with consistent quality.

Unify work image

Strength 2

Endless Applications

To cover the growing need in interactive media, Live2D supports wide spectrum of applications and environments, such as mobile platforms (iOS, Android), game consoles, game engines (Unity).

Compatible with a wide range of applications using SDKWith SDKCompatible with a wide range of applications

What is the Cubism SDK?

How do you actually make it?

01

Prepare original illustration

Live2D realizes its rich animation by directly manipulating original illustration. Therefore, at least one original source (illustration) is required. 
The illustration needs to be separated in parts and layers for animation in the PSD format. These layers and orders will be imported to Cubism Editor.

Original image data

Original illustration

parts

Draw it in layers to make it easy to separate into parts.

02

Create a model

Once your character is prepared, use Cubism Editor's editing tools like Deformers and Parameters for animating the character.
Cubism Editor provides a ton of powerful features that make Live2D modeling comfortable and efficient.​ ​

Model creation

03

Create animation

Once your character is modeled, it's time to give animation to it. Simply control Parameters you set in the model to make smooth animation. 
There are other powerful features, such as the physics computation for natural hair movement and the automatic lip-sync animation based on voice input.

Animation creation

04

Make movies, apps, and more!

Created animations can be exported as video files, GIF animations, and still images. In addition, by using Cubism AE Plugin, Live2D files can be handled on Adobe® After Effects® software.
Animations can also be exported as a file for applications and games, and can be used for a wide range of purposes and genre.

Movie / GIF animationMovie, Animated gif
Serial number still imageNumbering still image
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