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What is 3D Animation? How it Different from 2D Animation

What is 3D Animation? How it Different from 2D Animation

3D animations completely differs 2D animation in terms of everything including its development process and end result. You might be surprised to know that there are number of processes animators go through to create an animation.

There are various levels for animation creation like sketch animation, computer generated animation, stop motion animation and the list goes on. Each of these levels require completely different technique to produce an effective end result.

Typically, most of the animators follow two approaches to create an animation that is 2D and 3D animations. There are significant differences in both of these approaches, to give you a clear view let’s find out the major differences between 2D and 3D animations.


2D animation involves the art of drawing with creativity and technological skills. You can make a hand drawn animation or you can create it digitally through illustrative programs like Adobe after effects.

2D animation refers two dimensional context and creates storyboards, characters, and backgrounds in two-dimensional environments. Moreover, in 2D animation, the characters particularly move in specific directions “up” “down” “left” and “right”.

The 2D animation process involves graphic vector and bitmap to create and edit animated images using computer software programs like Adobe Photoshop.

What Is 3D Animation?

3D animations is the process that involves computer graphics to create images that look like as they are moving in a 3D dimensional space. These 3D objects are developed by 3D modelling software. The next step in 3D animations is rigging which refers to the visual representation of a character’s skeleton. 3D animations offers more realistic texture and can be treated more like a physical object.

Major Differences between 2D and 3D Animation

3D Animation

  • 3D animations involves movements and there are realistic effects in those movements
  • It works on X, Y and Z axis which denotes height, width and length respectively
  • 3D image can be treated as the physical object
  • Moving the camera” in 3D is simply dragging it to another position to see if you like it better.

2D Animation

  • 2D animation involves frames and there is no realistic effect
  • 2D animation works only on X and Y axis. The X and Y axis represents horizontal and vertical dimensions.
  • 2D animation doesn’t treat any character as physical object, in fact, everything should be drawn in 2D animation.
  • Moving the camera” in 2D means drawing everything from another angle.

Deciding an accurate animation style for your project solely depends upon your needs. Typically, it is considered that 3D animations has more benefits over 2D animation. Today, most businesses select a combination of both techniques. Such combination of 3D and 2D animation presents a more realistic image.

2D animation is a great option for those individuals who have less or low budgets. If you are also looking for animation video creation then you may seek assistance from vAnimations.

vAnimations is one of the leading animation studio operating in UK and offers online services around the world.