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cellshaded

adjective; compounding
Looking like animation despite being three dimensional graphics. In recent years, videogame companies have not only tried to make graphics look more realistic, but in some cases more like animation as well. This is especially important for games based on licensed cartoons, in which characters appear out of proportion in true three-dimensional space. This affect is achieved by coloring in one part of an object and then adding shade to parts of the object from one source of light in order to hide some of the polygon corners. The word “cellshaded” comes from the technical advancements in the animation industry. With the addition of computers, each object in each ‘cell’ of animation is painted on the computer in one color, then shade, or darker colors, are layered on top of it. Thus cellshading is somewhat a metaphor for coloring in objects or drawings on a computer for both the animation industry and the videogame industry.
 
The cellshaded graphics in this game are incredible. It looks just like animation.
Etymology : Comopund of cell + shade + ed ‘ADJ’
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Last modified: 10 June 2008


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