I've been trying to achieve this for a while now. I need to make (Image A) spin on the center point of the logo, image B (the tree point). The final should look like image C but the centre piece spinning.

I have tried the rotation effect in photoshop, but I've had two problems.

Firstly, the image I want to spin is not exactly square. So it does not spin on the centre of the windmill.

Secondly, when I did get it working, by adding pixels to the image to change the centre point, it only outputted as many images or a video format. I need it to be a gif.

Question: How can I get image A to spin on the centre of the tree, image B to look like image C but with the blades spinning?


The object I am trying to spin


The background


The spinner object over the logo background

  • Hi Austin Collins, there is a login screen to view the images, it is best to upload them into the question instead of an external link. This question is also similar to Rotate position with Photoshop animate. And I don't really understand your second point.
    – AndrewH
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:40
  • @AndrewH I've updated the image links. I made the image square by adding small pixels so the centre point was in the middle of the spinner. Then it would spin without moving around. Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:48

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I think the only way to get the spinner (Image A) to spin at the center is make the spinner a square. You have the artboard a square but when you move the PNG, it does not move based on the artboard but on the center of the spinner.

Spinner is not centered in a square

You will have to move one of the points to fit the edge of the artboard. For this, I made the right part fit to the bottom right corner to hit all 4 sides of a square.

Re-made spinner

You can see how the axis is now the center of the spinner.

To save as an animated gif, just go to save for web and select gif.

I am not sure how you can spin based off the center of the spinner you made since Photoshop has to transform from the center of the object.

Update - If you want to use another program

You can use a video editing program like Premier or After Effects to rotate the object. You will still need to center the spinner in the artboard before exporting.

I did this in Premier. Just import the file. You will find the rotation options under the effects control panel.

To export, File -> Exoprt -> Media -> Animated GIF

  • I know I need to make it square, but thats the problem, I can't. Is there any other way to make it spin, even if i can't use photoshop? Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 15:25
  • @AustinCollins See my update, you can do this in Adobe Premier or another video editing program. They will respect the artboard/canvas and not just the edges of the PNG.
    – AndrewH
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 16:13

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