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Dan Dannereditable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Feb 25, 2010 at 9:39:03 pm

Does anyone know of a way to (perhaps a script) import an illustrator file into after effects and have the text be editable? I'm aware of the manual way of copy text from ai & paste into ae... but I'm trying to figure out an easier way.

This is just another one of those "why can't the illustrator team go across the hall and talk with the photoshop folks about how they do stuff."

thanks for any help.


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Dave LaRondeRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Feb 25, 2010 at 10:21:16 pm

I've never had to use the feature, so its existence is foggy to me... but I do believe if you simply place the illustrator footage into your AE timeline, you can then use the "edit original" command. So you shouldn't have to use any cutting & pasting of paths... just the file itself.

Don't change the number of layers in your Illustrator document when you go to edit the original. You'll be hosed if you do.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Dan DannerRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Feb 25, 2010 at 11:44:14 pm

Many thanks for the response. Unfortunately that's not what I'm looking for. What I'm trying to achieve is the photoshop editable text in after effects... but with illustrator text.
I can't be the first person to think of this. I'm hoping someone out there wrote a script for it.


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Dave LaRondeRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Feb 25, 2010 at 11:48:36 pm

[Dan Danner] "What I'm trying to achieve is the photoshop editable text in after effects... but with illustrator text. "

Okay, I'm going to display my ignorance.

Photoshop text, Schmotoshop text!

If you can make the text in Illustrator, use the document in AE PLUS edit that very same document in Illustrator, and have those changes show up in AE, doesn't that do what you want?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Dan DannerRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Feb 26, 2010 at 3:43:16 am

no no good sir, the ignorance is mine for not being more specific. Yeah the having both ae and ai open lets me adjust text... but I'm looking to achieve how you're able to import photoshop text into ae then change it into editable text thereby animating it with ae presets and stuff... but with illustrator instead of photoshop. I built several nice vector designs with text but forgot that you can't do the make editable text with it... doh!! I'll most likely have to do it manually - copy and paste the ai text onto a blank text layer in ae in order to easily animate it with presets.

thanks for your help though, it's appreciated!!


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Dan DannerRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Feb 26, 2010 at 6:18:34 pm

I posted the same thing on videocopilot and John Dickinson from motionworks.au had a great answer for me - http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=32429


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Dave LaRondeRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Feb 26, 2010 at 6:23:20 pm

Thanks for posting it here! That's a pretty neat trick.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Rob GoodyearRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Apr 29, 2010 at 7:45:55 am

I have a bonus question, piggybacking on the original poster's question:

Has anyone experimented with the XML project format, with the intent of editing text outside of the AE application?

I am running some tests right now, and it's simple to tweak certain attributes externally, but typeset text is a slightly different animal... basically it gets stored as HEX strings in the XML file, which is pretty non-human-readable for the purposes of doing dynamic updates to a project.


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mariano moscuzzaRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Jul 13, 2012 at 9:18:49 am

Thanks for the link Dan !!!


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Alejandro Piñero AmerioRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Sep 23, 2013 at 12:31:51 pm

Well, the answer is this:

1. In After Effects CS6 every vector file (.ai and .eps), can be imported and converted into a shape layer: Second click > "Create Shapes from Vector Layer". Yes! Now it's possible.

2. Can you import text from Illustrator? Yes, it's possible an more easy. In illustrator, double click on the text > select it all > ctrol+c (cmd+c), go to After Effects > Create a new text > ctrol+v (cmd+v) it will paste text and format from Illustrator file.

Regards.

Alejandro Piñero Amerio


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jim lefevreRe: editable Illustrator text in after effects
by on Jun 27, 2014 at 10:20:21 am

Thank you all for this!!

Going through the exact same thing as I'm using some press advert layouts from a print thing and creating a film with them but a lot of it has 'perfectly' laid out type from the designers so the 'select-text-copy-paste' thing isn't an option for me.

Here's a quote from the super useful link above from Video Co Pilot in case you can't get to it...

The workaround for this is to "Export" your Illustrator file to the Photoshop (.psd) format. Then open the .psd in After Effect as a Composition, select the text layer and choose Layer > Convert to Editable Text.

Best wishes,

John Dickinson
http://www.motionworks.com.au


although I would add that it only exports from Illustrator as layers if it is in CMYK mode and so I had to pass it through Photoshop to convert it to RGB (otherwise it was just bringing it in as a single layer into AE when it was CMYK).

All you Creative Cows rock!

Jim

http://www.jimlefevre.com


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