When talking about Unity, I came across the term sprites and shapes, which is why this article is intended to clarify the question of what a sprite and what is a shape.
What are sprites?
Sprites are computer graphics. They are graphic objects. It is a two-dimensional bitmap graphic representation. Sprites can be a static image or an animation that is integrated into a scene. They are used in games to create a scene. Each sprite stands for an object. A sprite sheet is a collection of still images that are shown one after the other to form an animation.
Sprites are used in two-dimensional games or in pseudo-3D games. You can also find them in nice games up front. In 3D games, sprites appear when the frame is changed from a certain perspective. They are used to display grass, leaves or billboards, for example. But they also appear in the field of web design.
What are shapes?
Shapes are also graphic objects. They are displayed on the computer screen. In terms of function, they are similar to sprites. Shapes are processed by the CPU. This copies the shape to the appropriate place in the bitmap. This is at the expense of system performance.