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What are the basic differences between 2-D and 3-D animation?

This report comes from the Official Star Wars Site!

Answered by: David Dozoretz

"2-D" means an object's location or size is described in two dimensions, specifically height and width (x and y to mathematicians and computer artists). The addition of a third dimension, depth (z), brings us into the world in which we live everyday. The difference between two and three-dimensional animation is analogous to the difference between a sketch of a circle on a piece of paper and an actual ball. The latter can be moved around and seen from many different directions. The hard thing to sometimes grasp is that three-dimensional computer graphics are almost always shown on computer screens or television screens, which are a two-dimensional medium.

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