Go all the way to the edge of the frame with your speed lines. Anime visuals often suggest more action than they show. Extend your effects to the edge to make it clear something is happening outside the frame. When drawing anime speed lines, avoid symmetry. A little bit of chaos and disorder helps make action look more genuine.
Because Animate integrates with other Creative Cloud apps, you can draw speed lines directly in Animate, or create them in Illustrator and save them in your asset library. Chances are, a set of speed lines you make for one sequence will work well for another. Like early animators, it pays to find ways to creatively reuse assets.
Animating speed lines.
Anime speed lines break an important rule of animation. Successive frames of speed lines don’t need to match each other too closely. Differing speed lines within the same effect can look dynamic rather than jagged and suggest a high degree of frenetic action. Also, despite being symbols of speed, you don’t need an especially high frame rate for speed lines. A frame rate as low as five frames per second will get the point across.
Other anime effects.
Speed lines aren’t the only way to add anime action to existing footage. Anime draws on many other manga visual features, including on-screen text, to emphasize sound effects or dialogue, and halos of light around characters who are channeling or exerting great power.