The Difference Between Computer Graphics and Animation

Computers and animation go hand in hand. It is quite obvious that computer animation is the future of animation. However, what is animation exactly? What do the words mean? What is computer graphics?

Animation is the visual art of producing a representation using computer hardware, software, and other media. Computer animation uses the medium of visual images to produce a three-dimensional (or “realistic”) representation of a subject, scene, or environment. While computer graphics are an offshoot of animation, they are often confused with it. Let’s take a look at the differences between computer graphics and animation.

The Differences

The key difference between computer graphics and animation is the technology used to create the image. While some computer-generated images can be completely computer-generated, many computer-animated images are still produced by hand. When a photographer creates a photo by placing a camera on a target, the shot is considered to be a computer-generated image. The same is true when an author writes a book or creates any other type of work using a word processing program. In both cases, an artist places the focus on a point, makes a mark, or draws a shape with a pencil on paper and then copies it on some other material.

The difference between computer-generated images and computer animation is the medium involved. For example, computer-generated television pictures use the computer CPU to draw the images. Images are then shown on a monitor or television screen. The image displayed on the screen is what you see in the program. This form of computer animation is more popular than conventional film animation, but what is it?

There are many different types of animation. Motion graphics, 3D animation, cartoon drawing, filmstrip drawing, and others are all forms of computer animation. Filmstrip animation is the earliest form of animation … Continue reading >>>