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From Anticipation to Z-Depth: A Comprehensive Guide to Animation Terminology

11 May 2023

In this blog post, we’ll be diving into one of Brush Ninja’s newest offerings: the Animation Glossary. As anyone who has ever tried their hand at animating knows, there are many terms and concepts that can seem confusing or overwhelming at first. But with the help of this glossary, both beginners and experienced animators will have a better understanding of what these terms mean - making it easier than ever before to create beautiful animations!

This glossary is a comprehensive guide to the key terms and definitions used in animation, from “anticipation” to “z-depth”.

In the following sections, I’ll take a closer look at what the new animation glossary is, how it was created, and how it can benefit animators in their work. So whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out in the world of animation, read on to discover why this glossary is an essential tool in your toolkit.

What is the new animation glossary?

So what exactly is an animation glossary? Simply put, it’s a list of all the terms and concepts that are commonly used in animation. Whether you’re working on a hand-drawn masterpiece or creating something entirely digital, having a good grasp of these terms is essential if you want to create animations that really pop.

But not all animation glossaries are created equal - which is where the Brush Ninja Animation Glossary comes in. This brand new resource has been designed with everyone in mind, making it as easy as possible to understand even some of the most complex terminology.

Some examples of terms that you’ll find included in this glossary include principles of animation, tweening, rigging, and more. Plus, each term comes complete with its own definition so there’s no need to go hunting for explanations elsewhere!

In short: whether you’re just starting out with your very first animated project or looking to expand your existing knowledge base, the Brush Ninja Animation Glossary is sure to come in handy time and time again.

How Can You Use the Brush Ninja Animation Glossary?

As an animator myself, I can attest to just how valuable a resource like the Brush Ninja Animation Glossary can be. But what are some specific ways that teachers and students alike can put this glossary to use?

For educators, one great option is to incorporate terms from the glossary into lesson plans or assignments. For example, you might ask students to create their own animations using keyframes - then have them take a quiz on terminology once they’re finished.

Students may find it helpful to refer back to the Animation Glossary as they work on projects of their own. Rather than getting stuck trying to figure out what certain terms mean (or spending hours searching for explanations online!), they’ll be able to quickly look up any unfamiliar concepts from the Brush Ninja website.

Of course, these are just two examples - there are plenty of other creative approaches that teachers and students could take when it comes to incorporating this glossary into their learning experience!


With its comprehensive list of animation terminology (including definitions!), the Animation Glossary is sure to be a great asset whether you’re new to animating or have been doing it for years. Plus, since it’s available right within Brush Ninja itself, there’s no need to go searching around online for answers!

So if you’re ready to take your animations to the next level (or just want a better understanding of what all those terms mean), be sure to check out Brush Ninja’s Animation Glossary today. And as always, happy animating!

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