Updated: 06/06/2021 by Computer Hope
Animated Gif

Animation is the illusion of movement created by showing a series of still pictures in rapid succession. In the world of computers, graphics software used to create this effect. A simple animation may be as basic as an animated GIF file like the image shown on this page. A more complex animation could be of a human or alien face in a computer software game or animation of a space battle in a movie.


A user who does animation for a living may be referred to as an animator or 3D animator.

Animation software

Below is a listing of some of the popular and widely used animation and 3D animation programs.

3ds Max, Animated GIF, Cel, Graphic, Inverse kinematics, Machinima, Maya, Mixamo, OBJ, Real-time animation, Rigging, Rotoscoping, Transition, Video terms