2D And 3D Animation Services

A common misconception most people seem to have is that you should make a choice between 2D and 3D animation services. 2D animation is of course the traditional way of animating on flat backgrounds and with flat characters; in the vein of cartoons and flipbooks. While 3D animation refers to animation that takes place in a virtual space where depth does exist. Which is best exemplified through video games. That said the advent of 3D animation dos not spell the end of 2D animation; nor does classic animation need to avoid 3D models.

The key here lies in understandings the benefits of each style of animation individually and then using them in conjunction. When it comes to 2D animation some of the key advantages are that it’s easier to create meaningful expressions, handle shadows dynamically and those backgrounds can be made faster. 3D animation on the other hand allows to create complete models for each item and character, can prove to be less expensive on the long run, and allows for more realistic motions to be presented.


Which one to Choose?

Both can be used together, and below we’ll show you why.

2D & 3D Animation complementary iconAnimation is a complementary process. Both 2D and 3D animation share many similar principles, but they also specialize in different aspects. Using them together can result in a more polished project than either can pull off separately.

2D & 3D Animation different style icon A different style for different tasks. Even if you are a specialized company that doesn’t mean you’ll always want the same style of animation for every single project. 3D animation is great for featuring products, and 2D tends to be preferred for advertisement. A healthy mix of both is great for any business.

2D & 3D Animation software specialization iconSoftware can specialize on both. Modern technologies matter a lot when it comes to animation. And programs like Storyboard Pro are designed to help animators integrate 2D and 3D elements to save time and perform more efficiently. Making the best of both systems will make for a better process overall.

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Application Examples

Background in 2D

3D animation often makes use of 2D backgrounds, and that’s because a drawing of a skyline is easier to design than an entire city. People aren’t likely to focus that much on afar objects and with the right techniques the combination can look seamless.

Fitting them together

2D animation often does the inverse, animating complex objects in 3D and then working on them to make them fit the look of the project. Moving a 3D model is easier than animating it every single frame, and when done right it saves both money and time.

2D animation often relies on 3D effects for a variety of reasons. Whether it is for efficiency or to add extra depth, the combination has proved to be a consistent winner. And if you pay close attention you’ll be able to see it in many day to day cartoons.

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And this is why modern animators have grown to use both techniques together, and here are some examples of how that can be done:


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