I need to create a set of animated 2D diagrams to illustrate plumbing and how a heating system functions with water flows, heating elements, pumps, etc.
I have experience of Illustrator and Photoshop, but I imagine that animating a sequence will be very labour intensive by creating a frame at a time, especially as some systems have a lot happening.
The animations are to be used on the web and perhaps sent in emails, so I'm thinking the easiest export would be an animated GIF.
What software is out there (ideally free/ low cost at the start to get me going) that would be suitable for animating heating and water flow around a plumbing system?
If possible I'd like to:
My two cents.
I am really loving this program for simple animations Express Animate: http://www.nchsoftware.com/animation/index.html
It is simmilar to after effects but in a small free program.
The other options are After effects and Adobe Animate if you want to stay in adobe's ecosystem.
But that is for the animation. To make the assets, the plumbing, the overall drawing, you can use Ilustrator, Photoshop or Inkscape and export as png.
If you are ok with just an animated gif, you can use another video compositing tool like hitfilm.com/express, or after effects and convert to animated gif later.