Different styles are being blended together in the motion graphics world all the time. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine where 2D ends and 3D begins since there is so much going on. Blending 2D and 3D isn’t actually as difficult as it sounds. Take a look at the following four different styles of motion graphics using 2D and 3D. 

  1. Simplistic 2D Overlays

The most obvious way to blend 2D and 3D together is to make use of simplistic 2D overlays. A 2D image can be placed over 3D graphics to provide certain effects. Sometimes this is just plain text or a simple 2D graphic figure being placed over 3D graphics. Achieving this is going to be quite easy for anyone who is familiar with working with 2D or 3D graphics. 

  1. Using 2D Overlays That Have Match-Moving

Using 2D overlays that have match-moving will be somewhat more complex than the simple overlays mentioned above. The compositional relevance of these 2D graphics has to be on point because they need to interact with everything as they move around in 3D. You’ll need a modern version of After Effects to accomplish this effect. Some people refer to this type of motion graphics design as 2.5D. 

  1. Using 2D Overlays as Draw-Overs

You might also be interested in the concept of using 2D overlays as draw-overs. This allows motion graphics to have 2D images look like they are being drawn over 3D objects. It provides a really neat looking graphic but you’ll need the right skills to accomplish this. Combining hand-drawn graphics with live-action footage can be tricky, but the effect might be worth the effort depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. 

  1. 2D and 3D Hybrid Images

Finally, you should know about 2D and 3D hybrid images. This is the option that is most likely to blur the lines between 2D and 3D. Typically, people do this motion graphic effect inside of a 3D application that uses 3D models and animations. It involves using textures in such a way as to give things a flat look.