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5 Types Of Animation

In terms of contemporary art, animation is among the most fertile soil for innovation. It’s exciting, keeps you interested, and has created a whole new subgenre of visual entertainment while revolutionizing narrative art.

Because of the different techniques and types of animation, you must be well-versed in their differences before starting a new animation project.

Even if you aren’t working on a significant undertaking, you may still be interested in learning more. No matter the circumstances, you’d better start here to get the answer to your question.

What Is Animation?

Animation is a technique that creates the appearance of motion in a series by photographing consecutive illustrations, figures, or even puppets to produce the illusion of movement. Since the human brain can only keep track of one image at a time, when many images flash by too quickly, the brain combines them into a single moving picture. 

Drawings or paintings are made on celluloid sheets, then photographed to create conventional types of animation. It may be seen in early cartoons, but CGI has now replaced traditional animation methods for making animated films.

The frame rate, or the number of sequential pictures shown per second, is an essential factor in giving the impression of smooth movement to these drawn, painted, or computer-generated photos. The standard method of animating moving figures is called “on twos,” meaning that one picture is presented in two frames for 12 illustrations per second.

Although the motion is possible at 12 frames per second, the effect may be choppy. The frame rate is often set at 24 frames per second to provide smooth motion throughout the movie.

Animation Types

There are different types of animation. They’ve all made a name for themselves in their unique ways. Some of them are useful for advertising. Some are great for conveying information, while others are more entertaining. Here we are going to talk about just five types of animation that are so famous.

1. Traditional Animation

The first type of animation is traditional, or “cell animation.” To produce an animated scene using this method, the animator must draw each frame by hand. Typically, painters use a light table to do this, which enables them to view the underdrawing without removing the top sheet of paper. 

Like Disney, animation studios with a stellar reputation often use this technique. Also, using specialized tablets and computers to create traditional animation is standard practice.

2. 2D animation

We use the term “2D animation” to describe vector-based animation like those seen in Flash. The widespread availability of the necessary tools has contributed to the widespread adoption of this type of animation. 

When working with vector-based animation, animators don’t have to redraw their figures whenever they want to animate a little change. Instead, they can design rigs for the characters and animate their body components. Since it reduces the need for drawing skills, it provides animation newcomers greater flexibility.

Example: The Birth of Mickey Mouse

Animation techniques in 2D films are often quite basic. On the contrary, they are powerful tools for any visual storyteller. Early Disney cartoons featuring none other than Mickey Mouse are a prime illustration of this.

3. 3D animation

The movement of computer-generated three-dimensional objects is known as “3D Animation.” Having the objects spin or rotate this way makes it seem like they are moving. The animation uses 3D computer graphics to create flat, animated images that give the impression of depth.

The video game and medical sectors are only two examples of markets that benefit from using this type of animation. Typical applications include marketing and presentation work in any number of fields.

Example: Pixar Studio’s Toy Story

When you think of great 3D and computer animation, Pixar Toy Story is one of the first things that come to mind. The film effectively demonstrates the richness that 3D animation can provide. Toy Story, which was entirely created by computers, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 1996.

4. Stop Motion Animation

Stop-motion animation has been around for over a century. It is a cornerstone of many cherished types of animated classics.

Stop motion animations are made by photographing static items in a predetermined order and then stitching together the resulting frames to give the impression of motion. The absence of the need for costly equipment and facilities makes stop motion an affordable animation approach that nevertheless manages to give a distinctive visual style.

Example: Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride (2005), a Tim Burton film that he produced and directed, is widely regarded as one of the best instances of stop motion animation ever made.

5. Motion Graphics

Motion graphics are also known as animated graphics or digital footage. This type of animation is used in interactive multimedia to create the illusion of movement or rotation accompanied by music. A significant part of motion graphics is text. It’s a great way to convey ideas and emotions and may help the viewer feel more connected to the content.

The video’s audio track is a significant factor in making it enjoyable to watch. It has become more evident that motion graphics are an effective way to convey various ideas. And this is a solid starting point for any tale.

Companies often use motion graphics animation to introduce their products and services to potential customers. It’s also used in the production of commercials, the opening scenes of films, and the distribution of information.

Motion graphic by Deekay

2D VS 3D

The difference between 2D and 3D animation is that 3D is more technical and 2D is more artistic. 2D requires many illustrations, either on a digital tablet or hand drawn. While 3D is tasked with creating movement via ‘rigs.’

Now let’s take a look at one example of these types of animation:

Different types of animation
2D VS 3D Animation

Mickey Mouse over time

Final words

You can find different kinds of animation. Each of these animations has its unique style and techniques. In this article, we have introduced the best and most famous types of animation.

If you’re planning an animation project, we hope this rundown of animation genres is helpful. The most common forms of animation used in corporate marketing are 2D and 3D. Still, other forms may be preferable depending on the nature of the project.

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