I'm making an educational video and have become inspired by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell and their flat design process, which I think looks really cool. Specifically, I am looking at animating planets to have the continents and clouds spin around to simulate rotation. I created Earth in Adobe Illustrator by creating a sphere with rectangles, making them curved on the edges, then using a clipping mask to cut them in a circle. I thought that the little snippets beyond the clipping mask would act as something I scroll across the planet's face by using keyframes, but when I imported the layers from Illustrator into After Effects, I only got the objects inside the clipping mask, not the entire object.
I am going to link some photos to help visualize what I'm trying to explain. Images: http://imgur.com/a/v1i6j
Maybe my layers are screwed up, or maybe I have to compile everything in After Effects. I'm pretty new to the whole process, so hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.
when I imported the layers from Illustrator into After Effects, I only got the objects inside the clipping mask, not the entire object.
this is normal. Ae does not see the hierarchy inside illustrator layer. whatever you want Ae to import as separate layers, you have to place it in it's own layer. if you need a clipping mask then you could bring the mask and the layer as separate layers and use Ae's version of a clipping masks (sort of) which is the Alpha matte (tutorial here)
you should look here to learn how to prepare your illustrator Art to After effects: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/preparing-importing-still-images.html#preparin g_and_importing_illustrator_files here's another: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/quick-tip-prepping-vector-files-effects/