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Bradley Sterling, the Bay Area Animator promotes Digital Animation

Two dimensional and three dimensional animations, better known as 2D and 3D animation have gained immense popularity over the past years. This fascinating contribution of technology has been a favorite with kids and adults alike. The fame of this technology was so far reached that it kept on developing and till date it has reached seven dimensions. This form of animation also known as Digital Animation has attracted many a youngster like Bradley Sterling to learn about it and make their own contribution to it.



The tricky thing about understanding 2D or 3D is that you might be able to comprehend its difference but if asked to put it in words; you will surely face some difficulty. Actually, there are lot of similarities between the two, it could be said that 3D is a slight improved version of 2D. The level of the product is a little higher in the three dimensional one than in the two dimensional, it is a little more polished and has a little more depth in its details.

2D and 3D Animation- Bradley Sterling Clears Out the Difference In Technology

In two dimensional images the drawings are made either horizontally or vertically on a flat surface and these are all computer based. Two terms very closely associated with 2D are ‘raster’ and ‘vector’. When bitmaps or collection of pixels compose the graphics, they are known as raster, these are mostly related to computers and video games. On the other hand, ‘vector’ graphics is the description of the images in mathematical terms. They are composed of ‘paths’, and are related to photographs, drawings and scans.

The 3D is more of mathematical representation of data in comparison to its 2D counterpart, however, both relies on geometric data. After being composed in data files, these dimensional images are dues in real time viewing of animation. If properly and intently understood, three dimensional images cannot be called an animation until the two dimensional images go through the process of what is known as ‘3D rendering’.

The two dimensional images achieve the status of being three dimensional images with the inclusion of techniques like shading, lighting, effects and some others.  The major difference between the two types of imaging is that while the 2D images seem more like a cartoon, the 3D images seem more lifelike. There is an element of realism in three dimensional images while the same is not present in the two dimensional images.

Perspective plays a major role in the success of a 3D image, it gives the viewer a sensation of being able to see all sides as well as angles of the image, contradictory to the only one side view of the two dimensional images. A clear distinction can be seen in the old images of Mickey Mouse and the present.

The world of animation is so interesting that it urges people young people like Bradley Sterling to come ahead and explore the vast scope of animation and develops more and more on the same, as 3D is only possible with the advancement of technology
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