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Importing from Illustrator to After Effects

Jun 19, 2012 9:36 AM

Tags: #illustrator #after #effects #import #animation



I'm having trouble importing an Illustrator file in to After Effects. The Illustrator project has seven layers. In After Effects I import the file by selecting Import > File Name > Import as composition retaining layer sizes.


In the timeline there's 7 Illustrator layers, however, all of the things on the other layers seem to have moved to the top layer as that's the only layer that controls anything; opacity, position etc.


Does anybody know what's up?



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    Jun 19, 2012 10:50 AM   in reply to quinnygoth

    Your description sounds like you didn't create individual layers in Illustrator.  You need to do that. 


    You probably only have a Layer 1 in your Illustrator document.  You need to create Layers 2-7, move the appropriate things into each layer, and it's also good to rename each layer with something that makes sense.  Hard-core Illustrator artists blow that off right away.  In the case of a human body, they would be Right Eye, aLeft Eye, Head, Torso, Right Arm, Left Arm, Right Leg, Left Leg.  Just double-click on the current layer name and re-name away.

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