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Not sure if this is a valid question. I am trying to animate this fan in Adobe Animate. I have the blades and the base setup. Trying to do a frame animation I just don't know where to start, how to make the blades looks like they are spinning from this angle. Anyone has a rough sketch idea on how to make this fan spin?

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Any help would be appreciated, thank you!

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  • Hi. Are you planning to move individual corners of each blade to animate and change their position? I mean are you able to animate corners of blades? Those are vector shapes right?
    – Vikas
    Jun 23 at 6:19

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I don't know Adobe Animate but if you can animate each blade's corners individually, you might want to change their positions on a fixed interval. More the number of iterations/frames, the more smooth will be illusion of spinning fan:

For example, I've roughly drawn 4 stages of fan (F1 and F5 are same):

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You don't have to draw 4 different fan stages. You can animate same 3 blades corners all the time. However, if you want different illustrations/drawings and you want to animate them like a GIF, you can. It's up to you.

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    Wow. This is great was having trouble visualizing it really. I tried multiple times but the animation was so off haha. I understand now the more frames = better or smoother animation and I can definitely speed it up if needed etc. I appreciate this so much it's perfect for what I am trying to accomplish thanks for your time!
    – Nathan
    Jun 24 at 21:29
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    @Nathan glad it helped you.
    – Vikas
    Jun 25 at 3:25
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I'm not an user of Adobe Animate, but it has the tool for rotating planar objects. Use it if you can accept the propeller looks flat which in reality cannot move the air. Rotating it fast enough so that the motion looks chaotic (due the limited frame rate) hides the inaccuracy of geometry and projection, but surely creates the wanted illusion if there's enough context to make clear that it's a ceiling fan.

A plausible and smooth slow motion needs several frames between two equal positions after every 120 degrees rotation. The projection must be right. It's easy to make a simple 3D model, rotate it and take 2D snapshots. They can be used as is or one can only take the key points of the geometry from them and draw his own blades.

An example

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The viewing direction and the strength of the perspective can be selected freely as the 3D program allows.

Drawing the shown simple 3D model is not a bigger effort than drawing your 2D fan image assuming one starts from zero knowledge and uses an entry level 3D program, not anything like Blender, Maya etc...

If one needs only key points to guide his own blade drawing even Illustrator's 3D extrude can make good enough 3D model which is easy to rotate to get the intermediate versions between 2 equal 120 degrees position.

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  • Interesting. I just couldn't picture it in my head and when trying to create it was getting very inaccurate animations haha. I will definitly take this into consideration thank you so much for your help!
    – Nathan
    Jun 24 at 21:27

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