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Imported Illustrator files pixelated, even after continuous rasterization.

Aug 3, 2011 5:15 PM

Hey there,


I'm trying to import files(Text converted to objects) from illustrator to after effects, and they're showing up pixelated, even after I've selected continuous rasterization. Google is no help, sadly, and any help I could get regarding this would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance!

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    Aug 3, 2011 5:29 PM   in reply to abdulymalik

    What are the zoom and resolution settings of your viewer?

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    Aug 3, 2011 6:39 PM   in reply to abdulymalik

    PAR of your comp?

    Your comp window should look like this:

    Screen Shot 2011-08-03 at 6.26.50 PM.png

    The PAR Correction turned on is a likely culprit.


    The other option you can take a look at is in the File Interpolation rules. There you can set antialiasing to Best for EPS options. You'll find it under the more options in the Footage Interpolation popup.


    Screen Shot 2011-08-03 at 6.33.03 PM.png


    The other thing that may give you problems is OPEN GL Rendering. Try turning OPEN GL off in the Comp window's Fast Previews options or in the Preferences.


    This is how the Comp Window should look at 100%:


    Screen Shot 2011-08-03 at 6.37.03 PM.png

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    Aug 3, 2011 6:46 PM   in reply to abdulymalik

    continusous rasterization only works while you use the camera zoom or change the scale of the AI files .but not zoom in  composition viewer .

    hope you get my idea cuz my english is poor.

    btw i just got that question  some time ago .and a kindness guy gived me this answer.awesome forums!

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    Aug 3, 2011 7:46 PM   in reply to abdulymalik

    abdulymalik wrote:


    I think it has more to do with the illustrator file...If I increase the size of the vector file in illustrator and import it, it comes in at a higher resolution. It's as is AE is treating the vector file like a .jpg

    This isn't right. While it's more convienent to create your Illustrator artwork at about the size you'll want to be using it, size doesn't effect how the file is rasterized. For example, here's an AI file that is scaled up 2000%

    Screen Shot 2011-08-03 at 7.24.15 PM.png

    Here's a huge illustrator file that's scaled to 1%:


    Screen Shot 2011-08-03 at 7.32.34 PM.png

    The only thing that would foul up an AI image for continuous rasterization is an effect applied in Illustrator that uses rastor effects. If you've applied any of the Effects under the Photoshop Effects to your illustrator files CR will be blocked.

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    Aug 3, 2011 7:45 PM   in reply to abdulymalik

    you may not get my idea .I mean it works while you change the scale of ai files in AE .

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    Aug 3, 2011 7:55 PM   in reply to kingofnoobs

    kingofnoobs makes a good point.


    It is important to distinguish between scaling (which preserves sharpness) and zooming in the panel for preview (which does not).


    That's the point of the the note on this page:


    "Note: After Effects renders vector objects before zooming (scaling for preview), so some vector objects may appear jagged when you zoom in on them. This apparent pixelation for zooms does not affect scaling of layers or rendering to final output. "


    Show us a screenshot of your Composition panel so that we can see what you're seeing. Be sure that you're zoomed to 100% in the viewer.

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