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PA - Illustrator File Shows Bad Path
PA - Illustrator File Shows Bad Path
by Eric Hartmann on Jan 11, 2009 at 8:15:47 pm

In Illustrator I am creating a logo using text, the "arc" tool, and an arrowhead using "Effect" -> "Stylize" -> Add Arrowhead.

As you can see here, the image looks fine.

but when imported into Pro Animator, it creates a line from where the arc starts and ends and when I colorize it, it fills it in....

What can I do to correct this issue?

Re: PA - Illustrator File Shows Bad Path
by scott novasic on Jan 11, 2009 at 10:44:27 pm

did you "expand the appearance" of your illustrator file BEFORE you import it into invigerator?

Animation & Visual Effects
Scott Novasic
Los Angeles Ca

Re: PA - Illustrator File Shows Bad Path
by Matt Rhodes on Jan 12, 2009 at 4:40:20 pm

Hi Eric.

Scott is correct in that you need one additional operation on your Illustrator file before it will look correct in ProAnimator/Invigorator.

ProAnimator creates solid objects from outlines. And since the arrowhead arc is still a line in Illustrator (as opposed to an outlined object), we fill in between the start and end point.

In order to convert the arrowhead to an outline, select it and then use the Object> Expand or Object> Expand Appearance menu items in Illustrator. This operation converts a line (or stroke) into a filled object (as if you made a thin filled object that looks like a line).

Give this a shot and let us know if you still have questions.

Matt Rhodes
Zaxwerks, Inc.