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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.

       

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 Sta.sh, or by visiting create.madefire.com. From there, you can sign-in using your deviantART account and begin using the Motion Book Tool.

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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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mastar149 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Would be just the ticket for Martian 3 Motion Comic Book!
www.imdb.com/title/tt1989564/
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NionVox Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neat. Seems like i have access already, is that because i signed up for beta?
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   Writer
Actually, it's because it launched to everyone today! :) fav.me/d7po6ro
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:iconnionvox:
NionVox Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Lucky timing then :)
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:iconmachenza:
Machenza Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh boy! I cannot wait to try this out!
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:iconcmcpress:
cmcpress Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Hi Guys, I'd love to be part of this - can you grant me access please?
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:iconpreimpression:
preimpression Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'd love to be on the list if I could!
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TAOXProductions Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Would love to be on the list. Working on several projects at City Beast Studio that would really lend themselves to the medium.
Cheers,
Terry Reed - CEO @ www.citybeaststudio.com
Composer at www.TAOXProductions.com
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:iconsierra-g:
Sierra-G Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I would really enjoy being on the list, I have always loved the idea of motion books since it was first mentioned and would love to work with it ^U^
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:icontaoxproductions:
TAOXProductions Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Would love to be on the list. Working on several projects at City Beast Studio that would really lend themselves to the medium.
Cheers,
Terry Reed - CEO @ www.citybeaststudio.com
Composer at www.TAOXProductions.com
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dsc-mc Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
I'm interested in creating projects with your tools. I hope you'll consider including me.

Thanks,
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:iconparadigmfallen:
ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Artist
I'll certainly give it a spin if given the chance.
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:iconhybrid-knight:
Hybrid-Knight Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an excellent tool for me to use on a big project I'm currently working on!  Will use down the road! :D
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mrprincesschoas Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer

First things first,I've got to say thank you for releasing this tool for free.That's awesome! What you have here is fantastic and the potential it has is HUGE for artist and storytellers. I would love to use this tool because I have so many comics I've never even released yet. I always wanted them to have some type of motion so I've never shown them to anybody until I found a free motion book tool that could make them look good. so I think this tool will be perfect.  I would like to try this tool. 

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:iconwiz-dan:
Wiz-Dan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey there, I would like to try the tool.
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:iconrathaelos:
Rathaelos Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Hello, Im working in a webcomic right now. It would be great if you granted me access to this awesome tool.

Thanks!
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:icondrawnblud:
drawnblud Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to be able to use the tool!! I have a bunch of great ideas!!
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DragonDiamond2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, I would love to have acces to the Motionbook tool, I can't wait! :D
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:iconbleedingcrying:
bleedingcrying Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
I'd like to get in on this, if possible. :)
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:iconsnn95:
SNN95 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanna use it but it keeping tell me to try login again
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner May 27, 2014   Writer
Hi there! I suspect you haven't been granted access yet, which is the reason you're unable to log in. I'll add your username to a list for a potential future release, though! :)
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SNN95 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!!!!
I appreciated it!!!
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:iconlghtstrm:
lghtstrm Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've logged in but the message says I have not been granted access. How do I get access to the tool?
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner May 27, 2014   Writer
Hi there! Leaving a comment on this Journal is good enough. We'll add you to a list for a potential future release. :)
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:iconken1171:
ken1171 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I am a professional Flash developer, and DA is still forbidding hardware accelerated Flash to be posted here, while allowing 3rd party plugins to keep getting in with full screen mode enabled. Looks like a double-standard to me.
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:iconblackstarlight17:
blackstarlight17 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Might be something I'd try if I get the chance  :aww:
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:iconwhendt:
whendt Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Very cool idea. I will be doing this.
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:iconoperia:
Operia Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like something I'd love to explore further, for sure :la: the layout of it is really nice and not too complex
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Looks like fun. I can see how I can toy around with this to create something engaging. But right now, I do not have the attention span to spare to learn how to use this.
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:iconshonemzone:
ShonemZone Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to use this tool. I believe in the new media!
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:iconkimba16:
kimba16 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would LOVE to try this out! Been so eager to try ever since I heard Da was going to have such a tool!  :iconluvluvplz:
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:iconnicetti:
Nicetti Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This sounds like an amazing tool.  I would be greatly pleased to have a copy.
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:iconmrconbob:
MrConBob Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would be honored to have access to this tool.
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soulie7 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I am really excited to try this out. I found it through injustice and since then me and a group of friends, Ju-Liah, FDbil, Zumigiri, and Ryunk have been creating a project just to be turned into a motion book. I really do hope to try this soon. Thanks for such an awesome opportunity.
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StolenVirginsWings Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Dying to try this out. Would love to use it in conjunction with game development as well--dunno how, but somehow.
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:iconarmsman101:
Armsman101 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
May I have access to the tool please, been wanting to get my hands on it since May 2013
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:iconjoneztoons:
JonezToons Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have so many comic-projects in my head now and keeping them on hold, cause I want to present them with motion book... Every day I hope to see something about a release or anything that makes it possible to obtain this awesome piece of magic
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:iconleokearon:
leokearon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Can I have access to the Motion Book Toll Please
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:iconyoungjusticewriter:
youngjusticewriter Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I would like access to motion book tool, please. 
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:icon2wild2tame:
2Wild2Tame Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would really, really like access, please!
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:iconjaspercatapang:
jaspercatapang Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like access please!! :)
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:iconpdrobar:
Pdrobar Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love access please!
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:iconkarasunezumi:
KarasuNezumi Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
I'd like access please :)
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:iconsporkerang:
Sporkerang Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'd love to get access to this tool, as I`ve been thinking about what best to use to make a motionbook anyways.
That'd be fantastic! 
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:iconlixelated:
lixelated Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd like access please!
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:iconsolar-wanderer:
Solar-Wanderer Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I'd love to have access to the tool, please. ^^
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:iconvamonkey:
VAmonkey Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello this seems very fascinating. I would love to have access to it. 
Thankyou for your consideration. 
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:iconstrengthhonorlove:
StrengthHonorLove Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would REALLY like access to the Motion Book Tool please!
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:iconswanofwar:
SwanofWar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Writer
I would love to use the tool please!
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:iconswanofwar:
SwanofWar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Writer
I would love to use the motion book to
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