Different Levels of Cartoon Animation

Before we proceed to discuss about 3D Animation, we must know what an animation is. Some would say this is nothing but cheating with the viewers and some would say this is a simple joke. Well, I would say both are true. Animation is a joke and also cheating with viewers. Basically animation is a rapid display of a sequence of 2D or 3D images. They are positioned in a way so that they create an illusion which we say is animation. Due to persistence of vision, we cannot realize what’s actually going on in an animation.

Majority of the people loves cartoons and animations of specific type, whether it’s on the television or newspaper. Cartoon characters are so popular among us and that’s why they are being used as Mascot, as a source of advertisements. There was once a time when Saturday morning was the famous day for cartoons. Cartoons are pretty much replaced by video game now-a-days but although most of the animated box office hits are all made by animation. Indeed 3D animation.

Animation is not an easy task. There are lots of tricks that need to be performed to create a successful animation. First artists create sequential drawings and they put those into frames. Then those are imaged very quickly to denote movement. The idea of persistence of vision is used in creating animations. The images are moved to quickly so we cannot determine that it’s series of image running one after another due to the persistence of vision.

There are several steps that need to be done to create an animation. First of all, an idea is necessary. Artist or Cartoonist first imagines a situation and lots of characters, and then they come up with several drawings based on their thoughts. And finally the drawings are passed to the computer to create animation. An animator uses different software to perform each task to complete the animation. Software helps to bring life in the drawings. That means, they are used to make the movement.

2D and 3D both are very popular animation format. We got into animation world by grabbing the hand of 2D and now it’s the 3D age. 3D didn’t replace the 2D rather it has enhanced 2D. They are both very important for an industry. Both 2D and 3D formats are supported by the computer. It’s just the choice of using. Animation use 2D where it’s most appropriate, they use 3D where it’s crucial. The world of animation is going to boom and there might be a day when everything will be performed in 3D.

Animation Softwares That Come Helpful In Creating Cartoons

You may have liked to watch cartoons in your young ages. May be you are an adult still interested in watching TV cartoons or cartoon films. Have you thought about the effort behind the cartoon films? It may be a difficult and laborious task to develop cartoon films than shooting a film with actors. You have to be a graphic artist to create cartoon movies. Cartoon animation softwares are the platforms that can be used to create cartoons. There are several cartoon softwares available in the market and available in the World Wide Web.

Swish, Plastic Animator, TV Paint, Pro Motion, Toon Boom digital studio are some of the software packages available for the cartoonists. Some of these softwares are open source or free to download. Some of the other softwares are sold to greater and lesser prices. The Cartoonist should look for the requirement of his before selecting software for his needs. This will save time and money expended for the creation of the cartoons.

Cartoon is usually 2D or 3D animation composed of several picture frames. Movement of these picture frames shows you a moving object or a cartoon. So a creative person can make a meaningful story by using these moving clips. This is how cartoons are created.

Let’s discuss about several cartoon animation software.
Synfig is an easy to use cartoon creating software. It is a very easy and user friendly software that can be used to draw the cartoons. There are several options available in this software that would be helpful for you to create cartoons with this software. This software is open source software. You can download it from the World Wide Web to create your cartoons.

Swift 3D is a three dimensional graphic designing software. That can be used to create cartoon movies. This software integrates Adobe flash through the Swift 3D file importer. Swift 3d introduces four outline styles, five cartoon fill styles and 2 gradient fill styles to the graphic designers. Further this software is enriched with the features like pen style outlines, multiple overlapping shadows. Moreover this software creates vector reflections. The smart layer technology separates vector layers in the graphic. Further this software has robust animation features like drag and drop animation palette, morphing of text and path, Bezier path animation tools, full featured animation timelines and many more versatile features. However there is some special hardware requirements should be there to install Swift 3D in your computer. You need a 400 MHz processor, 128 MB of RAM, 25 MB of hard disk space, 1024 X 768 of resolution monitor. Further this software is compatible for several file formats.

Do you know there are some software packages those can make you a cartoon figure? Funny isn’t it? Cartoon effect creator is software that can be used to convert your video in to a cartoon movie. This is very user friendly software and its several tools will give you the ability of performing funny cartoon videos with the use of your real videos. The currently available version of this software is Cartoon Effect Creator 4.0.

Today there is a trend to create more cartoon films. With the rapid development of the cartoon film industry there is rapid development of the cartoon animation software. There are several more new features are adding day by day with the release of new software.

Make A Cartoon With The Best Animation Software

Do you enjoy cartoon animation? I know I do. When I was growing up in the 70’s, everyone knew that Saturday was cartoon day. We would sit and watch our favorite characters: Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Pie…and the list goes on. I was amused for hours by their antics. But I always wondered how they could create these tickle you funny animations.

I even attempted to make my own cartoons with little flip books. I would draw a cannon on one side of the page. And each following page I made the same cannon but with a cannon ball a little further from the mouth of the barrel. On the last page there would be the word boom written in a cloud of smoke. I would amuse myself by watching that cannon ball mysteriously move across the page as I flipped those tiny pages.

That was my first experience with the idea of stop motion animation. That little animation technique would be considered old school for today’s budding animation maker. Computer technology has turned child’s play into an amazing growing art form. If you have ever dreamed of how to make a cartoon, it couldn’t be easier with today’s 3d animation software. Computer animation has made it easier than ever, for the animation maker in all of us.

Where does one begin today if they want to make a cartoon? I have a simple philosophy that I apply to most situations. We grow from what we know. In other words, it is really difficult to understand calculus if you don’t have adding and subtracting down. Too often people want to jump in where they can’t swim yet. And as an adult we can become quiet discouraged at our ever so slow learning pace. If cartoon animation really interest you, my suggestion would be to start with some basic animation program to get your feet wet…so to speak. There are plenty on the market.

Most basic cartoon software will use an animation technique that is similar to my cannon ball illustration. It is known as key-framing. An animator will make a simple representation of a character. It can be as basic as a stick figure. They will draw this figure repositioning legs, arms, and body with slight variable changes. The animator will then set these changing figures at different points on the screen. The animation software will work its magic by interpolating the movement. The end result is the seamless movement of the animation much like my cannon ball flip book and the big boom.

So stop dreaming and make a cartoon just like an animation master. Technology has brought us a long way from my childish cartoon flip book. Release your imagination and make your own animation.