2D (film, games) Acronym for two-dimensional. When used in image creation, often refers to a flat hand-drawn style. When used in image output, refers to the final steps (compositing and DI stages of film production) to output the image as two-dimensional media. In games, also often refers to the case where a game’s presentation and gameplay is restricted to a single plane.

2.5D (film, games) A way of projecting paintings onto simplified geometry to give the sense of depth and parallax to an environment. This technique of projection mapping is typically used for matte painting and set extension, basically taking a single image and projecting it on a simple 3D geometry. In games, 2.5D refers to the case where a visual element or gameplay ...

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