2D/ 3D Design

The idea of creating 2D or 3D designs conjures animated cartoon characters in movies but the design aspect of 2D and 3D image rendering can be applied in more places other than the movie industry. Animation is finding its way on unconventional spaces like advertising billboards as technology evolves and ways to deliver advertising messages improved on the internet, interactivity has become a big word. Almost everyone who wants to deliver an interactive message does so in a way where the audiences are made to feel that they are actually interacting with the animated image.

What is 2D/ 3D Design?

2 or 3-Dimensional image designs use images that are made to move in a two or three-dimensional artistic space. It involves a lot of creativity and skills applied in the creation of images. In 2 dimensional designs, the images can move up or down as well as sideway whilst In 3D design, images can do that but can rotate and appear to move towards or away from the viewer. To render 2D and 3d designs bitmap and vector graphics are used with the application of software programs like Photoshop, Flash and a plethora of programs available on the market. The resulting animations are used in advertisements, websites, and computer games and on other platforms.

2D Vs. 3D design

Here are a few points about what makes 2D image design different from 3D design:


2D is a flat animation designed on two fixed axis. 3D design has multiple axes that make up for depth as well as it does for height and width.

Realistic Appeal

2D images are flat and can only move up, down and sideways. They do not look realistic 3D design has movements that give the notion of actual realism. 3D designs allows for the use of textures and lighting to create solid images that can be effectively used to create solid images.


2D and 3D designs are commonly used in comics and animated movies. They have found use in engineering design demonstrations, video games websites e-learning products. 3D designs are most popularly used in architectural designs, engineering field, and the gaming industry as well as in medicine.

Animation design is different for 2D and 3D, the effects are so different that some images or messages a might be better designed in 2D rather than in the realistic 3D Design technique. For instance, it might be better to employ 2D design for schematic drawings and better to use 3D designing for engaging entertainment applications.

The three attributes that a 2D/ 3d designer needs to have are creativity, the ability to craft a story and create a storyboard and arrange background items to enhance the final product. There are many difficulties that can arise in the design process. There are a lot of details that need a designer’s attention like navigating the space surrounding the main image.

The software is expensive, it is also non-standard and requires massive space. People who have never used 2D/3D design would be better served by employing someone with the skills, equipment, and software to handle the complexity of the processes.

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