The best way to understand the difference between 2D animation and 3D animation is by remembering what the big differences between 2D and 3D are. A 2D object can only be measured in height and width and exists on a 2D space, like a piece of paper, while a 3D object has a surface, casts a shadow, and can be measured by length, width, depth, or weight. For example, 2D is a circle drawn on the wall and 3D is a soccer ball. 2D animation is how a typical animated television show is made.
Creating your own animation is now super easy. Have you seen one of those cool websites that have an animated explainer right on the home page? Typically these are expensive studio created works of art. But now new services like Powtoon allow you to make your own video in just a few hours with free animated video maker software. We will go through the process of using Blender to create a 2D animation.
Artists put scenes and characters in a 2D space and use foreshortening and perspective to create space and depth. To give the drawings the illusion of movement, artists draw images and then photograph them one image at a time. It is similar to flipbook art where each drawing is slightly different enough so that the images look like they are moving and alive. Before 3D animation, 2D was the. Then Came 3D 3D animation is different in that it can only be done with the use of a computer, if you don’t count stop-motion.
Objects in a 3D animation exist in an X, Y & Z world and can do things that are impossible in 2D animation such as having volume, rotating 360 degrees, and more. 3D animation is more lifelike because objects can be viewed from different camera angles, can be lit from different directions, have textures that make them appear solid, and can be placed into live scenes and elements. Neither 2D animation or 3D animation is considered better than the other because they each have their pros and cons.