Ready to dip your toes into the awesome world of 2D animation? Say hello to your new best buddy: the ‘Ultimate 2D Animation Process: 14-Step Guide for Beginners.’

This guide spills the beans on everything, from where the ideas start to those finishing touches.

Whether you’re a newbie animator or just curious about how it all works, this laid-back guide is your ticket to unraveling the cool and creative journey of making 2D animations.

Let’s jump into the fun side of animation together!

Pre-Production in the 2D Animation Process

Pre-Production in the 2D Animation Process
Pre-Production in the 2D Animation Process

Pre-production is the preparation phase for making a 2D animation. It starts with finding ideas, turning them into a clear plan, writing the script, and then making a schedule to keep everything organized. 

Step 1: Finding Inspiration

The first thing is finding ideas. This means looking at different things like books, art, or nature to get creative ideas. It’s like collecting the building blocks for the cartoon.

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Step 2: Developing An Idea

After finding inspiration, it’s time to put together a solid idea for the cartoon. Think about the characters, where the story happens, and what the story will be about. Artists might draw quick sketches to show what they’re thinking and explore different options.

Step 3: Finalizing The Script

Once the idea is clear, it’s time to write the script. The script is like the story’s plan. It tells everyone involved in making the cartoon what the characters will say and do in each part of the story. It’s an important guide that keeps everything on track.

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Step 4: Scheduling The Production 

Now that the script is done, it’s time to make a schedule!

This is like making a to-do list for everyone working on the cartoon.

It includes when to draw the pictures (storyboarding), design the characters, create backgrounds, record voices, and more. Having a schedule helps make sure everything gets done on time.

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Production In 2D Animation Process

Production In 2D Animation Process
Production In 2D Animation Process

Now, let’s dive into how the actual cartoon-making happens in the production phase of 2D animation!

Step 5: Designing 

Once the plan is ready, it’s time to draw detailed designs for everything in the cartoon: the characters, backgrounds, and how everything will look.

This step ensures that everything matches and looks good together. Designing is like setting the style for the whole cartoon.

Step 6: Composing The Theme Songs (Optional)

Sometimes, people add catchy songs to cartoons. This step is like creating the music that fits the mood of the cartoon. While not always needed, a good theme song can make the cartoon even more enjoyable.

Step 7: Storyboarding

Before animating, it’s like creating a comic book version of the cartoon. Artists draw pictures that show how each part of the story will look. This helps everyone see how the cartoon will flow and what each scene will be like.

Step 8: Concept Art

Concept art means drawing detailed pictures of important parts of the cartoon, like characters and scenes. This step gives a closer look at how everything will come together. It’s like a sneak peek before the actual cartoon is made.

Step 9: Voice Recording

Now, it’s time for the characters to speak! Voice actors record the voices of each character. This step adds personality and emotion to the characters, making them feel real.

Step 10: Animating

The most exciting part! Animating is where the drawings come to life. Artists use the storyboard as a guide to make the characters move. It’s like creating a dance for each character, making them do everything the story needs.

Post-Production In 2D Animation Process

Post-Production In 2D Animation Process
Post-Production In 2D Animation Process

Post-production is the last step where the cartoon gets its final touches. Inking and coloring make the characters look great, the background sets the scene, visual effects add excitement, and sound design completes the experience. 

Step 11: Inking And Coloring

After the characters start moving, it’s time to make them look even better. Inking means outlining the characters to make them stand out, like coloring in a coloring book. Coloring is giving the characters their real colors, making them lively and fun to watch.

Step 12: Background

While the characters do their thing, the background is important too. Artists draw detailed backgrounds that match the cartoon’s style. It’s like creating the world where the cartoon happens, making everything feel more real.

Step 13: Visual Effects

Visual effects are like the cool extras in the cartoon. It could be sparkles, glows, or other fun things that make the cartoon more exciting. These effects make the cartoon look even better and keep the audience interested.

Step 14: Sound Design

Now, it’s time to add all the sounds the characters make. Footsteps, laughter, or even the wind; it’s like creating a soundtrack for the cartoon. Good sound design makes the cartoon more enjoyable to listen to and helps tell the story better.


Above is my guide on the 2D animation process. Armed with inspiration, planning, production, and post-production insights, you’re now equipped to embark on your animated adventures.

Remember, every sketch, color, and sound contributes to your unique creation. Embrace the creative journey, experiment, and most importantly, have fun as you bring your 2D animations to life.

Happy animating! 

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