How to Make Animations

There are many techniques that are used to create animations. The information here regarding the different techniques would help you to understand how to make animations using your creativity.

Animation could be defined as an illusion of motion created by displaying a sequence of images rapidly. The images could either be 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional in nature. The optical illusion, which is one of the important aspects, results from a phenomenon called 'persistence of vision'. Creating a motion picture is the most common method to make an animation. Find out the various procedures and software and learn how to make animations in the following paragraphs.


Many different techniques or methods could be used to create your own animation. One can either use the traditional technique, computers, or the stop motion technique. The following paragraphs provides information about the basic types of animation.

Traditional Technique

The technique was used for many films that were made in the 20th century. In the traditional technique, the first step is to make drawings for the sequences to be presented. These drawings are photocopied onto acetate sheets. The side of the sheet which is opposite to the line drawings should be filled with the assigned colors. These sheets are then photographed on motion picture films using a rostrum camera.


The two basic categories of computer animation are 2D and 3D. The 2D version is created either using '2D vector graphics' or '2D bitmap graphics'. Morphing, tweening, interpolated rotoscoping, and onion skinning are the techniques used.

The technique called 'rigging' is used to create 3D animations. Although many other techniques are used to create 3D, rigging is most commonly used. The digital models made are manipulated with the help of an animator. The mesh is given a digital structure to facilitate easy manipulation.

Stop Motion

The stop motion technique too uses the phenomenon of optical illusion. However, in this method, real world objects are manipulated physically and then photographed one frame at a time. Puppets, clay, and cutouts are some of the types of stop motion animation.

Make Your Own Animation

One can easily create a GIF with the help of a software called 'Adobe Photoshop'.

The image file should be set to 100 x 100 pixels and the resolution at 72 pixels per inch.

The mode should be set to RGB color.

The 'show layers' option should be chosen from the 'floating palette' of the 'Window' menu.

To draw a picture, the stencil tool should be used.

A duplicate layer should be selected by clicking on the layer palette's sub-menu arrow.

The next step in the process is to click on the eyeball icon present at the bottom of the layer palette on the left side.

The image is saved by selecting the 'jump to' option under the file menu, followed by clicking on the 'Adobe Image Ready 2.0' option.

The image should be saved when prompted to do so.

Animation of the image is done with the help of the 'show animation' option present under the 'Window' menu. Clicking on this option would bring up the 'animation floating palette'.

The 'Make Frame from Layers' option which is present under the 'animation palette sub-menu' is used.

The file needs to be saved by clicking on the 'Save Optimized As' option.

The different methods and techniques mentioned above can be used to make your own animation. One can create cartoon characters and many interesting things by using the various techniques.