3D Animation | 2D Animation

Difference between 3D animation and 2D animation.


Animation is an art where human is capable of creating something and put a sort of life to non living characters.
Think of classics like Tom and Jerry where you could watch just a straight motion picture with just two dimensions visible, which was fun isn’t it? And now think of now a day’s 3d movies like Avatar where everything seems not just more but almost real, which is definitely more exciting.
There is a lot change in the animation world and quality has been improved to almost realism. Here is a topic discussed about the differences between 3D animation and 2D animation .Of course there is a big difference even in the working methods too.


2D Animation- There was a time, not a long ago, when we used to watch Aladdin as one of the best animations made. Yes that was a 2D animation. The 2D animation is an appearance of motion made by still pictures which are displayed at 24 frames per second. It is a traditional method where one draws pictures with different poses and put them together in series and displays it at 24 frames per second. This used to be done on clear plastic sheets. Now days the 2D animation is done on computers using software but in the same traditional way that is to create pictures with different colors and put them together to make one and then photographed and doing the same but on computer. 2D would always be attractive for being cheap and less time consuming but you would have to accept it as a virtual world and not realistic.

3D Animation- When there are three dimensions used to create image instead of two, that is what a 3D is. This requires digital modeling with which you actually create a realist looking object instead of just drawing it on flat surface. It takes more time to give it a finishing than a 2D but it is lot easier than 2D as you don’t have to draw the image every time instead you just make changes on the image and save them. In 3D, the animator has to be careful at every change done. The final image would be first drawn in 2D to get help due to different views.


Which software’s we are using in 3d and 2d animation.
There are various techniques used that are used for 2D and 3D animation. For 2D animation techniques like morphing, twinning, onion skinning, Anime and amid rotoscoping are used whereas for 3D, there are more complex techniques like appearance sketching, appearance modelling, Anime, arena building, texturing, abating and camera setup, rendering, alteration and bond and many more are used. Overall technology makes it happen and easier.
We can find a number of software on the Internet for both the animations. Also there are a number of institutes where one can get train too.
Even if there are differences, the audience still believe using 2D’s virtual life and 3D’s realism together would always fantasize them. And even if the technology advances, 2D would still be nearer to heart.

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