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marieke hannen
Importing illustrator files into after effects.
on Jan 16, 2020 at 7:05:57 pm

When I work in After effects and need some changes in the imported illustrator files, I usually could just do that in Illustrator and save the illustrator file. It would then automatically change inside After Effects. Now it says: 'Can't save illustrator file. File is being used etc.'
So now I have to close After Effects , save the illustrator file and reopen After effects...Did I mess up some setting?


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Tomas Bumbulevičius
Re: Importing illustrator files into after effects.
on Jan 20, 2020 at 7:58:58 am

Hey Marieke, make sure none of the following occurs:
1. When editing the file, it is not opened in .pdf or alternative.
2. When making changes, make sure you haven't opened in 'quickview' look.

These were two things I noticed in the past, which hindered files updates in Illustrator, While it might be not necessarily the case in this situation, worth checking it.

On a different end - knowing which versions of CC you are using could be helpful for others too.

Find out more:
After Effects Tutorials: motion design, expressions, scripting.
Boxer - Dynamic Text Boxes Template with a Live Preview


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marieke hannen
Re: Importing illustrator files into after effects.
on Jan 20, 2020 at 3:03:38 pm

Thanks Thomas,
it's not 1. or 2.
It doesn't happen all the time. Sometimes after I save the Ae project and reopen it it works normally.
It's working ok now 🤔
BTW I'm on the 17.0.1 Ae and 24.0.2 Ai.


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Tomas Bumbulevičius
Re: Importing illustrator files into after effects.
on Jan 21, 2020 at 10:54:31 am

Adobe few days ago released 17.0.2 update for AE - https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/kb/fixed-issues.html

Definitely suggest to upgrade ! The higher number of 'X'es' in the version 17.0.X , the more chances they get rid of malfunctions (:

Find out more:
After Effects Tutorials: motion design, expressions, scripting.
Boxer - Dynamic Text Boxes Template with a Live Preview


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marieke hannen
Re: Importing illustrator files into after effects.
on Jan 21, 2020 at 11:47:58 am

I will upgrade for certain, after I've finished this project!(not sooner, I learned my lesson there)
Thanks :)


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