I am trying to rotate a circle around another circle in Photoshop CC. I am using the transform option in the animation window. After I make the 2 keyframes. The animation isn't moving along the anchor point. Is there anyway to move the image around the circle using Photoshop animation? Would I have to do this manually?



I then move the object based on the center of the circle.

move object

But when the animation is done. The circle doesn't move along that anchor point


My first question was how to animate using transform. I then found a adobe tutorial on this. I then ran into the trouble of rotating an object around an anchor point.

The tutorial https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photoshop-video-keyframes.html

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    A quick fix: make the segment a smart object as big as the background, e.g. by adding an invisible layer when creating the smart object. Then foreground and background have the same center.
    – KMSTR
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 22:23

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Lets try this by make the curve as a "Smart Object".

Make a outer circle instead of the curve like below image

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Convert the circle to smart object. Open the smart object and delete the remain parts that we don't want like below image

Edit in Smart Object

Save the smart object and close it.

Your outline curve will be come like below

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Now do your creative animation even without adjusting the Pivot point.


Another classic adobe "feature", rotation is destructive and therefore doesn't normally tween in photoshop animation. there is a way though, try this:


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