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2D Animation Video

2D animation is one of the significant types of animation. It’s widely used for creating animated movies, cartoons, marketing videos, advertisements, corporate presentations, educational materials, video games, and so much more.

2D Animated videos have a massive impact on the audience in three ways: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Besides, they can be simply adorable.

What is 2D Animation?

Two-dimensional or 2D animation is characterized by having its objects and characters created in the two-dimensional space. It means that they only have width and height.

Initially, it was created by pulling together the frames in which one drawing was followed by another one that slightly differed from it. Every second included 24 frames.


The pre-production process is the first stage of creating animations. During this stage, the animation team develops the story, writes the script of the animation, designs the characters, creates a storyboard, chooses the color palettes, prepares the backgrounds, and records the voice-over.

A well-written script should imply all the visual actions and story-line. The storyboard is based on the script, visually representing the sequence of activities and events by showing how they are organized.


Production is creating the animation by gathering all the created materials together and producing the scenes. This includes painting the backgrounds, creating the individual scenes and character activities, making the rough animation, cleaning up the animation (tracing), Inbetweening, coloring, and painting the drawings with computer software, compositing, and export.

To pull everything together, animators create an exposure sheet that includes all the instructions on making each scene. The exposure sheet is divided into five parts:

• Actions and timing

• Dialogues and music

• Animation layers

• Backgrounds

• View perspective

Once the rough 2D animation is created, it needs to be cleaned up and polished.


Post-production is the final editing process of 2D animation. During this phase, the animation is enhanced with additional sound effects or recordings, which increase the animation’s emotional impact. Once the final version is ready, it’s rendered and exported to different formats.

2D Animation Tips

Whether it’s a 2D animation or any other kind of animation, its creators purpose is to make it more realistic and impressive. But how to make the lifeless drawings more real and lively?

1. Squash and stretch - give weight and volume to your characters as they move.

2. Anticipation - let the audience know about a significant action that is going to happen.

3. Staging - express the clear intention of your characters through every pose or action.

4. Straight ahead action and pose to pose - choose one of the techniques of creating animation: draw the key poses, then add the transitional ones, or form every single scene one after another

5. Follow through and overlapping action - pay attention to the characters’ movements, as some parts move faster than the others, and when the character stops, some of the body parts still keep moving.

6. Slow in and slow out - to make the actions more realistic, draw more frames at the beginning and the end of the story and fewer frames in the middle.

7. Arc - add slightly circular motions to the actions of the characters.

8. Secondary action - to emphasize the main story, use secondary actions that add more liveliness to it.

9. Timing - adjust the timing of the scenes by making them slower or faster

10. Exaggeration - using exaggerations in movements also helps to emphasize some points and ideas.

11. Solid drawing - even though the characters are drawn in two-dimensional space, they must look like their forms have some weight.

12. Appeal - make sure to create appealing characters so that the audience will be interested in watching them.

If you follow these classic principles, soon, it will be hard to tell your animations from the professional ones.

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