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In April of last year, we announced a partnership between deviantART and Madefire, bringing Madefire's signature Motion Books to deviantART and introducing a new form of storytelling to the world's largest art community.

We also announced that Madefire's professional-grade Motion Book Tool would be brought to deviantART—giving deviants the opportunity to turn imagination into a visual, auditory, and literary masterpiece, and showcase their art alongside some of the industry’s greatest creators. 

After months of development and testing, we are excited to announce that the gradual release of the Motion Book Tool has begun, and you're (very likely) among the first to gain access. Having access to the Tool means you can create dynamic Motion Books just like the pros, and publish them directly from your deviantART account!

Getting Started

To check if you can use the Tool on your account, read the How To Access section of this article. If you do not have access at this time and want to try it out for yourself, leave a comment letting us know.

A variety of factors were taken into consideration when selecting the first group of deviants to be granted access the Motion Book Tool, and, in doing so, we compiled a diverse list of artists who were sure to bring creativity, enthusiasm, and skill to the Motion Book creation process.

What is a Motion Book?

Motion Books are a form of digital storytelling that users can read, share, and interact with. Stories unfold on screen through words, pictures, motion, and sound. The Motion Book format incorporates animation and sound design paced at the reader's control to completely immerse them in the experience. Motion Books are made using Madefire's Motion Book Tool, a mobile or in-browser software designed to create a dynamic storytelling experience.

Mono - The Old Curiosity Shop: Ep. 1 by MadefireStudios       Injustice: Gods Among Us - Episode 1 by MadefireStudios

How to Access the Motion Book Tool

You can easily access the Motion Book Tool by clicking on the "Make Motion Book with Madefire" button right now in your, or by visiting From there, you can sign-in using your deviantART account and begin using the Motion Book Tool.

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 12.30.48 PM by wreckling

Using the Motion Book Tool

The Motion Book Tool is designed with the professional in mind: powerful enough to handle complex panels, layouts, transitions, effects, and whatever else your imagination can create. This is the same Tool used by professionals to create the many high-quality Motion Books already found on deviantART—and now it’s in your hands!

Because it’s professional grade software (think After Effects), that produces a professional grade result, the Tool can be complicated at first glance. However, for artists willing to bring the Tool into their creative process, it’s extremely powerful and dynamic—allowing for nearly limitless artistic freedom.

Our friends at Madefire have provided a helpful Jump Start Guide, as well as video tutorials, to ease you into using and understanding the Motion Book Tool. We strongly encourage using these documents and videos to aid in your creation process, and we recommend you keep them handy when using the Tool, so you can easily explore the many options the Motion Book Tool has to offer.

For deviants who excel at illustration, but are not as comfortable with digital creation tools—or deviants who are tech-savvy but may not be visual creators—team up to create a collaborative masterpiece!

Your Feedback

This is only phase one for the Motion Book Tool’s release to deviants. If you’ve been notified that you have access, try out the Motion Book Tool for yourself and let us know what you think. We always appreciate your feedback, and we hope to improve and evolve the Tool as it reaches a wider audience.

Any feedback you have can be left in a comment on this article. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you encounter something that you feel is not expected behavior, please let us know!

Thank you for your interest in the Motion Book Tool, and also for helping us to bring a new method of art creation to deviantART!

Want to access the Motion Book Tool?

Please note that the Motion Book Tool is gradually being rolled out, and that this is the first phase of release. It will be made available to more deviants as development and usage progress. If you would like access to the Motion Book Tool in the future, comment on this Journal to let us know! Keep an eye on MotionBookTool for updates regarding the release.

After months of development and testing, we're excited to announce that Madefire's Motion Book Tool has begun its beta release. This is the same program used by professionals to create the dynamic Motion Books you've seen on deviantART. Learn more about the Tool and find out how you can request early access to get started creating in a format unlike any other.
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I would love to be able to access this, please, please, please! :) 
SaraMcNamara 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey would I be able to have access to this tool, such a good idea!!
johnyisevil Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm dying to use this! So many good ideas came to me when I first read about this tool, last year. Access, maybe? :3
CGClown Apr 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I would really really really like to have access to this tool!
RebeccaDell Apr 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Yes! I would love to be able to give this a go! I've been working towards my next web comic with this tool in mind!
Kazaello Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ever since I found out about the Motion Book Tool, my head has flooded with ideas! I know whomever is reading these comments probably doesn't want to read about my ideas, so I'll just keep this short: I REALLY WANT TO USE THE MOTION BOOK TOOL!

I would love to be a beta tester, but I would equally love being a general user after it is publicly released.
Thank you for your time putting in effort to make the Madefire Motion Book Tool available to all of us! :D
Clockwork-Lunatic Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm literally going to burn up out of sheer excitement if this thing isn't available to me soon. o.o
TheBurntViking Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been so excited for this release! Thanks so much for this update. You have no idea how awesome this is to see this project coming together. Also, I'd love to try this bad boy out. 
BlazingStarO Mar 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ooooh! I've been waiting a long time for this... I have many a tale to use for this app- one being my main series. If you don't mind, I would love to start using this very soon, so please contact me if you fellas wish to allow me and others access to this application.
I really want to start using this... ;u;
CornDogArt Mar 24, 2014  New member Professional Traditional Artist

I'd love to use it-  My illustrations are all narrative, as I specifically make images that tell a story. 
I am also a teacher and can use this with my middle school kids. We have a wonderful computer lab at my school with a supportive tech department- they would be on board big time!. I'd be happy to share what I make.  How may I try it?  I tried to post my website but the system thinks it's spam.

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