5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 10, 2015 7:48 AM by Jeff Almasol

    .AI file imported as puppet, invisible once added to scene?

    BYarsulik Level 1

      Basically see the subject.


      I can import my .ai file as a puppet, but when I draw it onto the timeline window to create a scene with it, the scene is just blank and the image is no where to be found.

        • 1. Re: .AI file imported as puppet, invisible once added to scene?
          Ares Hovhannesyan Adobe Community Professional

          Please try this.


          Open new project.


          Then Import AI file into project


          Drop Puppet layer into time line or Scene..or Add to Scene from the button of the panel


          Creating and opening scenes

          To create a new scene, do either of the following:

          • Choose File > New Scene (Cmd/Ctrl+N), type the name for the scene, then press Enter or click away from the text field.

          A new empty scene is created in the Project panel. It is not opened, but you can add puppets and other supported

          project items to it.

          Select one or more puppets or other supported items in the Project panel, then drag them into an empty Scene or Timeline

          panel, click the Add to New Scene button, or choose Object > Add to New Scene (Cmd/Ctrl+/).

          A new scene containing the selected project items is created in the Project panel, and is opened in the Scene panel. If

          only one item was selected, the new scene is named after it.

          The new scene defaults to the same frame rate, duration, width, and height as the last-created scene or the last scene whose

          settings you modified.

          To duplicate a scene, select it, then choose Edit > Duplicate (Cmd/Ctrl+D).

          To view the contents of a scene, double-click the scene item in the Project panel. The scene opens in the Scene panel.

          To manually update the scene in the Scene panel, click the Refresh button at the bottom of the Scene panel or doubleclick

          the scene in the Project panel. Refreshing a scene is useful if you want to reset simulations (e.g., Dangle or Particles


          • 2. Re: .AI file imported as puppet, invisible once added to scene?
            BYarsulik Level 1

            Did these steps, and still nothing. The scene is blank...


            However, if I double click on the puppet itself to open the puppet editor window, I do see some art work, but it's definitely now the same artwork in the original .ai file.


            Original Art:

            Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.09.23 AM.png


            Puppet Window Version:

            Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.09.33 AM.png

            • 3. Re: .AI file imported as puppet, invisible once added to scene?
              Jeff Almasol Adobe Employee

              Certain features in Illustrator (e.g., gradients) are not supported by default in Character Animator. However, you can treat the AI file as a raster image so it will be by selecting a skin layer (with a square icon) in the Puppet panel, then enabling the "Render As Image" option in the Properties panel. That should at least make the rendering the same as in Illustrator.


              As for why the scene is blank, there could be some problem with a guide/handle that's not placed correctly. If it's possible to share a copy of the AI file that we can diagnose, that'd be helpful. Thanks.