So, if importing as a 'sequence' is causing my problem - How do I import my Illustrator file, so that it imports 'as drawn'?
Because if I do not import as a sequence, all layers become overlapped onto each separate anchor point.
Or, how should I save the Illustrator file so that when I import it into After Effects, that all the layers line up as drwan?
A couple of notes about setting up Illustrator files for After Effects:
1) Design with RGB color is always a good idea.
2) Make sure that the paths you want to animate separately are in new Layers
3) Your footage will usually come in using the duration of the last comp you created. It looks like the layers you've imported think that they are a sequence of frames (this can happen when you version out your files Illustration_v1.ai,Illustration_v2.ai, Illustration_v3.ai...)
At the bottom of your import footage dialogue box, turn OFF the sequence options.
4) You should be able to import your entire .Ai file as a Composition. If you use "Layer Size" dimensions, your layers will each have centered anchor points.
1) I thought I was in RGB and now am unsure and searching how to check.
2) All those are Illustrator layers
3) Ah, I was rendering out a cinema dng frame/ TIFF and using upscale preservation with 'bi-cubic' - so that's why the one frame. humm, I wonder how to clear that - reset AE preferences?
4) How can I align all my layers in AE to as drawn in Illy? Is there a way to individually offset all the anchor points to align, rather then manually re-aligning all the layers? I go research that.
Thank-you (yikes - more then one layer was locked in photo below and I see now as they did not move when shifted down, to avoid clipping top string)
- Your artboard needs to include all of your artwork. That's the problem with the illustrator file you are showing.
- Import as a sequence should never be checked if you are importing only one file whether it is imported as footage or a comp.
- When you import as a comp you must open the comp that AE creates to keep the layers lined up.
Most people just getting started with this workflow make all three of these mistakes. The workflow is really easy. Make each object that you want to animate a separate layer, make sure all artwork fits in the your artboard and you only have one, import as a comp retaining layer sizes, then open the comp that AE creates. ALL of the layers that are in the project panel will be the size of that layer. If you are using clipping paths then the layer will be the size of the clipping mask if it extends beyond the artwork.
One last point that I failed to make. You should be creating your artwork so that it is the right size to fit in your composition at it's at rest size. In other words, if at some point in your composition you want to see the whole guitar and have it fill the screen then the strings must be thick enough to work in video. That means they must be at least 2 or 3 points wide. If you want to have the guitar fill only one quarter of the screen and your project is 1920 X 1080 then your dartboard should be set to 1920 pixels or points wide and the strings must still be at least 2 points or 2 pixels wide unless they are absolutely horizontal and vertical AND if you use thin lines or stroke values less than 3 pixels in your illustration you should have snap to pixel turned on in illustrator. Your illustration may be vector art but if there is fine detail in the illustration then it must line up with the pixel grid or it will not look good.
Thank-you very much. I will be utilizing all advice and be re-thinking my approach in regards to the strings.
Rick Gerard wrote:
make sure all artwork fits in the your artboard and you only have one,
Wow! That really helps - make sure you only have one artboard! I had 7 artboards that I was unaware of. I deleted the 6 'unknown' artboards so that I just had the one and now the imported Illustrator file creates the After Effects comp I have been trying to get.
Rick Gerard wrote:
When you import as a comp you must open the comp that AE creates to keep the layers lined up.
Thank-you, I can move forward.