User Guide v1.2


Thread reels

Layers in looom are called threads. Each thread is represented by a spinable reel. The holes in a reel represent the animation frames. A closed hole is an empty frame and a punctured hole is a frame which was drawn on.

Each thread has its own color and brush type which can always be tweaked.

Thread Edit

To enter thread edit mode press and hold a reel. In this mode you can adjust the properties of the selected thread. You can add a frame by pressing  , remove a frame by pressing  clear a frame by pressing  as well as set their speed through selecting the threads FPS . Each thread has a set color and darwing tool asigned to it which you can always change. 

Thread Visibility

Toggle between On / Off visibility or use the opacity slider to choose the transperancy of the thread.

Line / Fill Toggle

Each thread can be set to use a line pen or a fill brush. Toggle between the two by tapping this button. Notice that n line mode you can use the slider to choose your line width.


A weave in looom is basically an entire project which can hold up to five threads.

Weave edit - WE

To enter Weave Edit mode press and hold the lower left icon. In weave edit mode u can access the heirarchy of your threads. You can add, remove, duplicate or reorder threads The color picker that appears in Weave edit mode controls the background color of your project.

Add Thread

To add a new thread, Go into Weave Edit mode and press the plus button that appeares above your reel.

Delete Thread

To delete a thread (Only when you have more than one) simply start dragging the thread and notice the + button turning to a X zone. Drop the reel inside the X to delete it.

Re-Order Threads

In Weave Edit mode all your reels become draggable. Simply press and drag to re-order them.

Duplicate Thread

In Weave Edit mode, grab a thread’s reel you’d like to duplicate, drag it to the right and release. A duplicated thread will apear above the current thread. notice that duplicated threads inherint the color, tool and FPS of the thread they were duplicated from.


The pulley is the round dial like device that lets you navigate time in Looom. You can either swipe up/down for a solid next/previous frame or u may place your finger and start rotating to scrub through time quickly. 

Onion skinning / ghost frame

Onion skins are used for seeing the past or future frames of your animation. Choose between four modes, 2 past frames / 2 future frames / one past and one future aka in betweening / onion skin off.


U can set a specific frame as a bookmark frame which u will continuously keep seeing a representation of in your canvas. Notice the density of lines hinting how far that frame is from your current frame.


You can erase lines while in thread edit mode. To enable this toggle the eraser on.

New Project

Duplicate Project

Delete Project


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UI Direction

Choose between right or left handed UI direction.

Pencil Draw

Enables drawing with Apple Pencil. In this mode, touching the canvas with your finger brings out the pulley. 

Finger Draw

In this mode you can draw with your finger on the canvas. Notice the frame stepping arrows on the bottom-left corner. To bring out the pulley in this mode, hold one of the frame stepping arrows and then use your finger on the canvas for pulley. Obviously, you should enable this mode if you are not using Looom with a pencil.

BlueTooth LE

Use this dialogue to connect your ortho remote™

Advanced Technics

Thread Transform

While in TE mode you can transform the content of the thread simply by panning, pinching, zooming with two fingers while the reel is held.

Thread Time Offset

You may also step or scrub time while in TE in order to offset a specific thread in time.

Multi threading

You can tap two or more reels simultaneously to make them all active allowing you to draw in all of them in parallel.

History mode

When undo or redo are held continuously, you can rotate the pulley to scrub quickly through undo history.


In-App Video Record

When in Weave-Edit mode, a tape like record circle will appear next to the play button. press it to arm the recording and then hit play to start record. the UI will slide out and the recording will start. To stop the recording simply touch anywhere on the screen. An iOS video dialoug will open up with the content of your recording. Note that from iOS 13 you can trim, crop and rotate your videos very easily.

Accesing SVG’s

To access your SVG files, connect you iPad to your computer either with a cable or wirelessly if you have that set-up.

macOS Catalina
Open Finder and look for your iPad on the sidebar under Locations. In your iPad choose Files there you will find a folder names Weaves. Drag that folder to your computer to see all your SVG files.

macOS (before Catalina) + Windows
Access your iPad in iTunes. Locate Looom under applications and go in your Weaves folder to see all your SVG files.

Importing into Adobe Animate

Video Tutorial

1. Drag your SVG file into an open project in Animate.
2. Click OK, any of the settings will work the same.
3. You will fist need to break the main SVG so select it and press ︎+B
4. Now you have seperated your threads onto the stage (Notice there is an empty first layer which you can delete). Inorder to distribute them to layers press shift+︎+D
5. Now you have all your threads sperated to layers! Next we will do the following to each layer: click the keyFrame of the layer in the timeLine then press ︎+B to break all the frames then press shift+︎+K to distribute all the keyframes to frames.
6. Since the SVG’s in Looom want to show only one frame at a time you will have many transperant frames in the timeline. In order to make them visible we will want to select ALL our frames and break them out of their groups and symboles. Use Animate’s Edit Multiple Frames to select all the timeline’s frames and press ︎+B until you see the content of all frames.


Beta Testers

James Paterson
Caleb Wood
Patrick Smith
Lucas Zanotto
Neil Sanders
Daniel Savage
Ege Souyer