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Cindy Jones-HulfachorProblem where imported Illustrator layers shifted
by on May 13, 2011 at 8:21:45 pm

I have an Illustrator file loaded as a Composition into After Effects with around 50 layers. I have animated them and have made updates to some layers by replacing footage for specific layer. After working on file for days, made final change and imported layer, now I see that around 15 layers have shifted their position (layers that I haven't worked on recently).

I have had this problem in the past but in this file I was careful:
-not to rename layers
-not to import newly created layers that I didn't have in it originally
-and I haven't deleted any layers.

Do have any suggestions on what I might be doing wrong. Thank you.
Cindy Jones-Hulfachor

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Dave LaRondeRe: Problem where imported Illustrator layers shifted
by on May 13, 2011 at 8:31:02 pm

The most common problem is using Open GL to accelerate rendering. It's okay for previewing, but for rendering it should remain off.

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

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Cindy Jones-HulfachorRe: Problem where imported Illustrator layers shifted
by on May 13, 2011 at 9:13:23 pm


The illustrator elements actually moved in the composition, but not in the layer that I just imported. I hadn't created a new render yet, and although I wasn't aware of not using the Open GL it isn't checked when I add to Render Queue.

The only thing I can think of is that late in the project I moved a couple layers up or down within the layers listing in the comp window. But this was hours prior to the final edit when I noticed the problem.

I am trying to learn the basic "Do Not Do list" after I import an Illustrator file, assuming this is my problem. One project I did had problems after I quit it and opened the next day.

Thank you for listening.

Cindy Jones-Hulfachor
Graphics Reporter
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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