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Adis Kapetanovic
Exporting Shape Layers to Illustrator?
on Mar 11, 2015 at 6:56:54 pm

Hello all,

Apologies if this topic is somewhere else.

I'm not the best in Illustrator so I create most of my shapes/elements in After Effects and I've gotten pretty good at it and I was asked if I could bring it into Illustrator for some Graphic Designers to dissect it.

I was hoping it was as easy as a copy and paste but unfortunately its not. Is there a way (without plugins/scripts) to copy a shape layer and paste it into an artboard in Illustrator? I tried googling it but was unlucky in finding anything. Any insight would be awesome.

Thanks again

Adis Kapetanovic
Motion Graphics Designer
Chicago Fire Soccer Club/Major League Soccer

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Jaron Pulver
Re: Exporting Shape Layers to Illustrator?
on Mar 11, 2015 at 9:00:38 pm


Save the illustrator file. Just make sure each separate shape or vector you want to be seperate in AE is on a different layer in AI.
Open After Effects project or new composition.
Select Illustrator file
On the import as dropdown menu make sure you choose "composition -retain layer sizes"
That's it.
Open imported composition and you have those assets.



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Joe Evaristo
Re: Exporting Shape Layers to Illustrator?
on Mar 12, 2015 at 3:15:51 pm

I'm not too familiar with Illustrator, but here's some info I found on the subject:

I do know that a similar process works for copying from Illustrator to AE, so I would expect this to be correct.

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