i am only able to get the layers of a illustrator file exported to AE. but is there a possibility to export alle the path information? it would be great to animate more complex objects in after effects (i.e. moving shadows). what i found out so far is that AE doesn´t have paths but masks. but isn´t that pretty much the same as a path? both have these curves.
Illustrator paths must be inserted via copy&paste to act as masks or shape layer paths in After Effects. There is no way to import AI files with editable paths into AE. The data structures may be the same, but the principles are simply different.