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  • Last Updated : 11 Jun, 2020
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In today’s world, the animation is popular among kids and can also see traces of animation in some educational videos as well. Nowadays by animation, the animator creates such type of visualization which are not played in reality, also we can create those scenes which are beyond thinking.

But before going deeper into this topic, it is important to discuss some techniques which were used by the people when animation word was created and till now some techniques also built by which anyone can animate and creates its own animation. People can also practice there thinking limitations on this platform because if they do so they know their inner skills as well.

Now some of the important techniques which evolved from past till now discuss below:

Traditional Animation or Classical 2D Animation: In this animation, every picture for a scene is created by hand if anyone loves to paint then traditional animation is very interesting for those people. In this animation, an individual draw painting in a sheet or paper and also the pictures that create a scene will be created by the hand and frame them together to create a proper scene.

Digital 2D Animation: This animation technique is widely used in the market to form a better animation with digital technologies. It does not include to draw the painting by hand but we can draw them by computer also and arrange those pictures in a fixed manner and play them to create a proper scene.

Digital 3D Animation: If anyone is interested in making an unreal character in the real-world than this animation technique is awesome to work with. 3D animation is very popular in the animation industry from this technique anyone can create any type of unreal short film to an unreal film in a real way. Those models which are created by this technique is highly realistic.

Puppetry Animation: Animation is created using puppets instead of objects. Indian traditional ‘KATPUTLI’ is basically a better example of this animation in 90s puppets are used in many small towns to organize a short pictures and scenes to entertain the audiences. Those puppets are hung with thread and those threads were controlled by any person who played these characters and creates a film or scene. Also in the circus, we can find these animation technique.

Clay Animation or claymation: If anyone is interested in clay art than this technique of creating animation is better for those. In this animation, a clay structure is formed and these clay arts are used to create an animation. There are also many types of clay art such as oil clay art, dry clay art, etc.

Cut-Out Animation: Cut-out animation is one of the oldest animations of all time and this was the initial form of animation which was evolved in the industry of animation. The first cut-out animation was created by LotteReiniger in 1926 and it was named “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”.

Sand Animation: This animation is used by those who loved to play with sand this was very laughable but it is true because this technique is used among those who do not irritate with sand. This technique is a little bit tough for beginners but as we familiar with this technique than we love to create those pictures by own. As we see in realities show like ‘Indias Got Talent’ various sand animation artists will come and perform there.   

Paint on glass Animation: This animation is somewhat typical to create because the painting will be created on glass and as we know anything or liquid can not settle on glass but after this technique, the painting created will be so soothing and fresh because of its surface(i.e., glass). Slow drying paints are used on glass and in place of glass some times turpentine is also used by the animators.

Eraser Animation: As the name suggests, the sketches which are created by this technique is full black and white because the pictures are created through pencils and these sketches can be erased as well. Many popular charcoal eraser films have been created using this technique and one famous animator is William Kentridge.

Pinscreen Animation: Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker invented the pinscreen animation technique in the 1930s. The pictures will create through many pins that are pinned on a plan with vertical alignment. Pinscreen animation makes use of a screen filled with movable pins, which can be moved in or out by pressing an object onto the screen.

Flipflop Animation: When computers are not introduced to people there would some parts where animation is applicable. Painters and artists carry a small diary that is filled with some similar sketches and when the diary flipped up it creates some movement which is known as flip flop animation. Flipbook animation is one of the oldest but fascinating kinds of animation.

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