What is SVG?
SVG, or Scalable Vector Graphics, is a file format that was ignored for most of its beginning years but it started gaining immense popularity by 2017. It has grown to be a commonly used graphic format all over the globe and it is offered by most vector drawing programs. This sudden increase in popularity occurred because more people started recognizing that unlike other formats which are perfectly capable of storing large and complex files, SVG is the perfect graphic format that meets the requirements of scalability, responsiveness, programmability, accessibility, performance, and interactivity. Hence, SVG animation has been widely used and appreciated.
Why is SVG animation popular?
SVG files that are animated are vectors, hence they are entirely scalable. They are small which helps the developers and other users to store them easily and use it without hesitation. It is also fully based on code so that it can be changed and modified according to the needs of the developer. The unique elements of animation in SVG help to create many different effects and almost anything can be animated on SVG. Using SVG for animation is especially beneficial because one does not need to download any files and this reduces the space and time needed for the process.
How to animate using SVG?
- Plan what you need. Decide and implement the color, font size, shape, etc. as required.
- Whichever app you may use to make the design, store it as an SVG file. You can see the code when you open the file.
- Optimize the file and remove whatever may be unnecessary.
- Insert the SVG and animate the content! You can animate the text or pictures in any manner and style.
- You can make the content responsive. If what you are making is an advertisement, this can be quite beneficial.
Coding may be difficult for a complete beginner but there are sites available online where you can use SVG to animate content without having to code!
Why use SVG animation?
The number one feature offered by SVG animation is undoubtedly the image resolution. The images and animations remain clear and crisp even if you zoom in. The animations on SVG can be used on any background regardless of the color. It takes advantage of the optimizations offered by the browser while animating content. A small change in the code can considerably improve the animation and this feature helps to please all kinds of clients. They can be reused and the performance offered is also excellent.