I check the RETAIN LAYER SIZES whenever I import PSD or AI files. box
From the AE Help files:
Online resources about preparing and importing Photoshop files
Richard Harrington and Ian Robinson provide a free sample chapter from their “Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques” book on the Peachpit Press website. This chapter shows how to prepare Illustrator and Photoshop files.
See this video tutorial by Andrew Devis on the Creative Cow website about importing and using Photoshop PSD files in After Effects.
Import a still-image sequence as a composition
When you import a Photoshop or Illustrator file as a composition, you have access to the individual layers, blending modes, adjustment layers, layer styles, masks, guides, and other features created in Photoshop or Illustrator. The imported composition and a folder containing each of its layers as footage items appears in the Project panel.
- Choose File > Import > File.
- Select any file in the sequence. To import a subset of files in a sequence, select the first file, hold down Shift, and then select the last file to import.
- Choose one of the following from the Import As menu:Composition - Retain Layer Sizes
Import the layers, each with its original dimensions.
One reason to import as a composition with layers at their original dimensions (rather than importing each layer at the composition frame size) is so that each layer has its anchor point set at the center of the cropped graphics object, rather than at the center of the composition frame. This more often makes transformations work more as you’d expect and prefer when animating individual layers of an imported graphic item. For example, if you have a car with a separate layer for each wheel, importing as a composition with layers at their original sizes puts the anchor point of each wheel in the center of the wheel, which makes rotating the wheels work as you’d expect.
Import layers and have the dimensions of each match the dimensions of the composition frame.
- Click Open (Windows) or Import (Mac OS).
Same thing was happening to me and I couldn't find any answers. Finally, very frustrated, I tried importing the AI file as "Composition" (NOT "Composition - Retain Layer Sizes) and my layers came in in the proper position.
can you show a screenshots of what exactly happened? importing Composition or Composition-retain layer sizes is not supposed to change the position but just the anchor point of each layer. composition will set the anchor point of each layer in the middle of the composition while Composition-Retain Layer Sizes will set the anchor point of each layer at the center of its pixels.
thanks for the screenshots
did it happen right when you imported the file or... and this is a wild guess - did you reset your layers transform properties?
if you did not change anything and this happened right away when you imported the Ai file, can I have a look see? you can upload it with any cloud service.
It happened ( again and again, with multiple files) immediately upon import with no alteration of layer transform properties.
I'm happy to show you, but not sure what to give you. The composition? The AI? Not sure what to do...
Both please. Thank you. Also what exact verrsion of Ae are you using (full numbers)
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Okay, here are my versions and I'm messaging you with DB link. Thanks for the help
you should update your software - there was an update this month to 14.0.1 - I don't think it's related to your problem.
here are my versions and I'm messaging you with DB link.
thank you. I have examined your files. the Ai file looks ok other than the fact it is in CMYK color mode. you should work in RGB when working for After Effects. I don't think it is related to your problem still.
change to RGB is here
even when imported in CMYK, the layers are properly imported when each layer has handles in its boundaries.
I thought I could have more information by looking in your aep file but it is a version after you have already imported them as composition and setup your IK
what I wanted to examine is the the state of your project after you imported as retain layer sizes so I could see this in a project file
this makes me guess that there is something in your workflow you are not doing properly. so for making it perfectly clear let's do these steps one by one:
1. import your footage. either through the import window and set to composition-retain layer sizes
or alternatively if you drag and drop, or set this first window at "footage" (the default) you will get this window that does the same thing. just make sure layer size is selected
then you get this:
2. all that's left to do is click twice on the composition to open it.
is your experience doing these exact steps any different?
my guess is you did step 1, but in step 2 you messed up in some way and maybe created a comp out of your folder or files manually instead of just opening the already properly set composition.
I had the same problem. What I was doing wrong was - instead of double clicking on composition - I was dragging ai folder with all layers to a composition window:)
thank you Kajak, I suspect Op is doing the same... we'll have to wait for him to come back to solve this mystery. Ae gives you an already set Composition from your artwork when you import as composition - Take it! it's doing the work for you, don't interfere
Yes, I was dragging the layers, so that was the problem (at least for me). Thanks!
Great! now I see Op is somebody else... now it looks like we hijacked the thread because he had a different issue.