3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 6, 2013 11:49 PM by Mylenium

    Advice on how to animate Illustrator vector shapes?

    oohtruck

      i'm pretty new to animating in After Effects. One project i'm working on is simulating keys being pressed on a piano keyboard. I'm wondering what the best way to do this would be.

       

      This is the before state:

      Screen-Shot-2013-04-06-at-9.19.jpg

       

      This would be the after:

      Screen-Shot-2013-04-06-at-9.192.jpg

      I've imported the Illustrator vector layers into After Effects and now i'm just kind of stuck. How would I actually animate these vector objects? In Flash it'd be relatively easy, I could just grab the shape and pull it down... this isn't the case in AE though. Do I need these vector elements to be shape layers in order to manipulate them as I would in Flash? If so, I'm using AE 5.5, and I don't know how to convert AI vectors to AE shape layers. Any advice out there?

       

      thank you!