Animation designing is a vast field and it has a demand in many industries. People belonging to the profession of education, entertainment, fashion, medical, and engineering are often required to use animation in their projects for different purposes. They can always hire a professional to get things done as there are a number of good solo animators available online.

However, it is not always possible to outsource professional animator and that is why learning the skill yourself is a good idea. Also, if you have some good drawing skills, you will enjoy learning animation.

If you are one of those people who want to learn 2D animation and use it to make your professional portfolio better, this article is for you. Other than this, people who want to take animation as a career and has just started can also learn from this brief guide. But before we begin with the procedure, let us know some basics about 2D animation.

2D Animation

Asian business happy woman female cartoon
Asian business happy woman female cartoon

2D animation is one of the most common animation styles and it is created by making a series of images appear on the screen in continuous progression to develop a moving scene. 2D animation is much similar to the traditional animation and yet, it is found to be very effective for both, Business to Business, and Business to Customer formats.

All kind of audience starting from 2 years old to 92 years old enjoy 2D animation. They are good with creating a strong bond with the audience as 2D videos are can display ideas effectively and are engaging.

Step 1: Prepare a Good Video Script

Business woman female writing script
Business woman female writing script

A well-written script is the core element of a video that shapes the whole structure of the video. This is why you must work on the script writing and produce a refined story. First, pick a theme or the main idea that will be the focal point of the video. This main idea will direct the storyline and will eventually accomplish the purpose of the video.

The next thing that you need to do is to turn your main idea into a story. The story should be kept simple and yet, it must have an engaging outline. Here is how it should go:

  1. The beginning should have a hook in order to grab the attention of the audience. Basically, the first 10 seconds should have some kind of thrill to capture the audience.
  2. The middle part should be interesting enough to keep the audience engaged till the end. You can create suspense in the story in order to make it interesting.
  3. The ending should lead the audience to some kind of action. Make it convincing enough.

Step 2: Create the Storyboard

Business cartoon comic characters storyboard
Business cartoon comic characters storyboard

The next step is to make the storyboard. A storyboard is basically your video in the form of a comic strip. You basically sketch each scene of the video on the paper and observe if they are perfect. This allows you to anticipate whether the concepts that you are trying to convey through your video will work or not.

If you do not think you can draw each scene with your hands, you can use online storyboarding tools to make it easier for you. There are many storyboarding tools available online on different online platforms.

Step 3: Animation

Boy walk cartoon animation figure
Boy walk cartoon animation figure

Once you are done with storyboarding, you need to turn your sketches into digital illustrations in order to create the video. You can choose to hire a good professional animator or a video animation company to get your sketches turned into a video and get this done easily. However, if you want to save some money by doing it yourself or you simply want to try animation, you can do it on your own.

For doing it on your own, you need nothing but an internet connection along with a PC or laptop. Simply look for effective and easy-to-use DIY tools online. There are many tools that you can pick and create perfect 2D animation videos.

Step 4: Story Narration!

Business woman cartoon loudspeaker holding loud megaphone
Business woman cartoon loudspeaker holding loud megaphone

The last step in the process is narration where you need to include voice-overs in your videos. You can use a background sound with the dialogues in the taglines or you can add a voice-over. Choose suitable voices to represent your characters as it can make a big difference in the overall atmosphere of the video.

The voiceovers should evoke right kind of emotions and suit the characters. Also, choose to put in neutral accents as it will make all kind of audience relate and create the bond with the characters.

Conclusion

This is the whole procedure of how you can create a 2D animated video on your own. If you are going to try this, remember that practice is what it takes to become perfect and do not expect a great success with your very first video. Keep practicing to get better at it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Oscar Shepherd is a Creative Graphics Designer by his profession. He also use to write his opinions on multiple topics in order to guide people through his experience and also to spread his opinion so that people can share their thoughts and are also open for a discussion.