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Riley Tate
Adding more layers to an already imported Illustrator?
on Jul 1, 2017 at 1:11:46 am

Hey guys,
Here's a problem that has me scratching my head?
I have a placed Illustrator file with 3 layers in an AE comp.
I need to add ONE more LAYER to the original illustrator file
I cannot get the 4th layer to show up when I "reload" the project files , it will up-date and reload OK but only the original 3
Is there a way to do it?

Cheers
RT


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Mark Whitney
Re: Adding more layers to an already imported Illustrator?
on Jul 1, 2017 at 4:53:25 am

Perform a Replace Footage instead. Don't know why AI is finicky this way when PhotoShop is fine with it.


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Riley Tate
Re: Adding more layers to an already imported Illustrator?
on Jul 1, 2017 at 5:28:00 am

Thanks Mark,
I gave that a shot but the options for the comp and the individual files is greyed out?. Am I doing it the right way?

thanks
RT



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Mark Whitney
Re: Adding more layers to an already imported Illustrator?
on Jul 1, 2017 at 6:51:45 am

How are you initially importing; as footage or as a comp? That might be the issue, although it shouldn't be. If you load as footage, then it's a single file in the project window and it updates as expected.

I just tested with an AI file imported as footage and in the project window simply selected Reload, and it updated with a newly added layer.

If you've imported as a comp though, you can update layers but it won't see add'l layers. You'll have to re-import in that case. You can then bring the new layer into the original comp if you've already done work in AE.

It's confusing at times and I find that i always have to run some tests to refresh the memory.


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Riley Tate
Re: Adding more layers to an already imported Illustrator?
on Jul 1, 2017 at 7:20:39 am

Ah, I think I got! So create a seperate file of the extra Illustrator element on its own and then load that as a single footage into the project window and then drag it into the previous illustrator comp along with all the other layers.
A bit of a work around but good to know it can be done, thanks for you help ☺

RT


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Adding more layers to an already imported Illustrator?
on Jul 1, 2017 at 6:42:12 pm

Yeah, that's how you have to do it. Once you import an Illustrator file as a comp, that's it for layers. That's why it's wise to make darn sure you have all the layers you need.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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