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2D Animation vs 3D Animation – The Key Differences

by John Milton
2D Animation vs 3D Animation - The Key Differences

In 2D animation, whatever you see is drawn by hand, from one frame to another. But in a 3D environment, all the characters should be animated in a three-dimensional environment with the help of 3D software. This software can help you manipulate the objects and also the characters that you are working with. Although drawing can be beneficial, it’s not a must in a three-dimensional environment.

In 2D animation, backgrounds, VFX, and characters are used to create a movement illusion within a two-dimensional space by making sure that individual drawings are sequenced over a certain time period.In a 2D environment, the objects and characters that are used for manipulation consist of width and height only, while in 3D animation, objects and characters have three dimensions: width, height, and depth. This makes them more realistic when compared to those with 2D characters.

Recently, there has been a rise in the popularity of 3D animation and this has been fuelled by their attractiveness and the varied applications that 3D animated videos can be put into. Businesses are using these attractive videos to create a presence online, engage their audience and generate leads.

The key differences that exist between 2D and 3D animation.

Here are the main  differences that  exist between 3D and 2D animations.

1.Visual experience

2D is somehow unrealistic because it deals in a two-dimensional space. This space caters to length and width only. In a three-dimensional view, the visuals that are created are defined in three dimensions that include length, height, and width. This then helps to make it have a realistic feel while also creating depth perception within a 3D environment.

2.The cost

Creating a 2D animated video is cheaper than a 3D video. The price ranges are $1000 to $5000 for a 2D video that runs for 60 seconds. However, for 3D animated videos, the cost is way higher and starts at $7,000 and may go up to as high as $10,000. The difference in cost can be attributed to a difference in your requirements and the features that the video may have.


In 2D, traditional platforms are used because you can draw them. An artist will need to sketch it using a pencil. This is where the challenge lies for most people, because if you don’t have the knowledge, you will have to hire a professional artist. But if you don’t mind, you can enroll in animation courses online and learn how to create the best animated photos and avoid the frustrations of hiring video producers every time you need a video.


2D is mostly employed in cartoons, but it’s also used in social media videos, infotainment videos, explainer videos, product demo videos, and more. 3D is a high-end technology that is mostly used in movies, video games, and other works that rely on a near-realistic visual appearance.

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