Ben Gillbanks

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About Ben Gillbanks

Brush Ninja
is a free, online, animated gif creator
. You can draw, animate, and download your own creations right from within your web browser using any electronic device.

I first released Brush Ninja in 2018, and have published dozens of updates and improvements since; many of which were suggested, or based upon, community feedback; and I hope to do this for a long time to come.

Brush Ninja has found a wonderful audience within the education sector. I find it amazing that my app is being used to educate the next generation.

Brush Ninja online is totally free. There is also a desktop version that allows you to create animations on your Mac without an internet connection. However my focus is on the core experience in the web browser.

Over the last year I have worked on Brush Ninja as time allows, but I would love to be able to spend more time improving the application.


If I had more time then some of the items I would like to work on include:

  • The option to upload custom backgrounds
  • Pressure sensitive brushes (eg apple pen)
  • The ability to select areas (then move, rotate, or scale them)
  • A paint bucket tool
  • Support for Google Drive, and google classroom
  • Allow loading and saving of animations on the web app


My guiding rules when building Brush Ninja are:

  • Make it as easy to use as possible.
  • Support as many devices as possible.
  • User privacy is paramount.


With your help I would like to continue creating the best online animation tool I can. Any amount you can offer will get me closer to giving this project the time it needs to really shine.

Eventually I would really like to make Brush Ninja totally free, and have the online, and desktop versions of the app function in exactly the same way.

48% complete
I will add the ability to use your own custom background images to all versions of the app.
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