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GMS 2.3+ Engine Trails

I've been searching for a good way to make engine trails for my ships. My game is a top-down shooter and from what I've seen of the particles system it's kind of janky. When I would be moving horizontally the particles would be aligned properly, but then when I moved the ship vertical the trails stayed aligned horizontally. So I am pleading after spending a lot of time trying to do this multiple ways.....can someone share their way with me?