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Five Basic Animation Types And Tools You Need to know

Five Basic Animation Types And Tools You Need to know

Five Basic Animation Types And Tools You Need to know

Since the animation industry is huge and to be a competitive designer or animator you need to get constant knowledge about the new techniques and processes and this is the only reason to write this blog for our visitors.

Today, in this blog we will be discussing the five basic types and techniques of animations that you should know before stepping into the world of animations.

We are outlining the basic five types of animations so read on to know what these five types are.

  1. Traditional Animation

Traditional animation is the most common type of animation in which designers are allowed to draw images on a paper attached with a peg by using coloured pencils. Animators work for each frame at a time, also, they keep a check on how many frames they would be using for the actions to work and this is the reason that animators usually test animations with very irregular drawings. Traditional animation is both timely and costly process and when the drawings got finished the production move forward for photographing each frame individually. Nowadays, tablets can be used for traditional animation.


  • TVPaint

Many of you might not know TVPaint, it’s a French 2D animation software. This software is much more complicated than Photoshop and it also costs a lot. TVPaint could be a perfect choice for the professional studios and animators. Platforms that support TVPaint are:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Photoshop

Photoshop is the most popular animation software, it’s an opt choice for frame by frame Disney-style animation. It has great drawing capabilities. Photoshop also has a timeline functionality that helps you create frame by frame animations by using onion skinning. Its supported platforms are:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS.
  1. Vector Based 2D Animation

2D animation refers to both traditional hand-drawn animation and computer vector animations. Basically, vector based animations are 2D animations generated by computer and it uses the same techniques which also involved in traditional animation but they also include computer interpolation.


  • Adobe Animate

Adobe is the king of the 2D animation software, basically it is a vector-based software and it is very innate to use. Adobe animate is very good and it is inexpensive comparatively.

  1. 3D Animation

3D animation is quite a different thing than traditional animation. Both 3D and traditional animation require similar principles of movement but they have completely different technical expertise. 3D animation refers to CGI or CG and it involves creating images using computer. Moreover, Characters that are designed in 3D models are digitally programmed and fitted with a skeleton that enables animators to move those models.


  • Autodesk Maya

If you are looking for the industry standard 3D software then definitely there is no better choice available than Maya. This software is used by various studios. Both Softimage and 3D max are associated with Autodesk and are almost similar in terms of functionality. It has supported platforms which are:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  1. Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics are completely different from other animation types. This type of animation is not characters driven in fact, it involves the art of moving texts, element, and graphics for various purposes. The good examples of motions graphics are explainer videos, app commercials, television promo and etc.


  • Adobe After Effects

After effects is a reliable software for motion graphics. Basically, this software is integrated with Cinema4D which makes it a great tool for creating amazing videos.

  1. Stop Motion

Stop motion is quite interesting type of animation, it involves photographed objects sequentially and creates an illusion of movement. The sub-types of stop motion animation are puppets, Claymation, cut out, Action Figures/Lego, pixilation and more.


  • Dragonframe

In case, if you are interested to create a professional stop motion video then Dragonframe is the best choice for you. It can be used with various attachments. It also enables user to control the light by providing an option for dimming of the lights. It has a keyboard controller for easy controls. This software was used for the film “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Shaun the Sheep”.