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Justin Crowell
Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 16, 2013 at 5:51:09 pm

Hi all,
I've traced a TIF with transparency in AI. I then bring it into AE, use the "Create Shapes from Vector Layer" option. I get what is pictured below: what looks like an outline path (the shape layer is also called "**** Outlines."

Any idea why it is creating an outline, and not a shape? And so, how would I go about getting those outlines filled in?

Thanks!
-Justin



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Justin Crowell
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 16, 2013 at 6:19:58 pm

I tried everything I could possibly think of, from copy the paths and masks and pasting them in other layers, to adding a fill effect. Finally, I tried exporting from AI as an EPS file. And it WORKED. IS this just a bug?!

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Ridley Walker
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 16, 2013 at 6:32:31 pm

[Justin Crowell] "IS this just a bug?!
"


I just tried it here with a vector.ai, no issues at all. Did you have your shape fill set to none?




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Justin Crowell
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 16, 2013 at 6:36:58 pm

It had the same fill that it had whilst still in Illustrator. The key difference here, though, is that this was an item that was Image Traced. It works fine when I generate my own vectors in Illustrator with drawing tools.

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 16, 2013 at 9:21:41 pm

Be sure to submit a bug report:
http://www.adobe.com/go/wish

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Ridley Walker
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 16, 2013 at 10:12:58 pm

I just tried the same thing. Traced a Photoshop image in Illustrator, clicked the Expand button to generate paths from the trace. Viewed the wireframe and cleaned up the stray bits in Illustrator. Imported to After Effects, converted to shape layer with no problem.


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Justin Crowell
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 17, 2013 at 3:09:19 pm

Ok, whoa. I always struggle with illustrator. It's the "expand" part that I missed. I'm not sure what that command actually does, but it made it work. Any chance you could enlighten me?

Thank you Ridley!

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Justin Crowell
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 17, 2013 at 3:42:20 pm

I read the manual, but have to admit that I still find the concept of "expand" entirely baffling...

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Ridley Walker
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 17, 2013 at 4:50:28 pm

Prior to expanding the path the traced object is seen as a single item. Expand generates paths from it.


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Justin Crowell
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 17, 2013 at 7:52:02 pm

Hmm, so After Effects needs to see multiple paths as opposed to a single item?

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Ridley Walker
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 17, 2013 at 8:37:55 pm

This is an Illustrator issue. It has some other method of storing path data for traced objects, symbols etc.


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Justin Crowell
Re: Traced AI file, AE creates shapes with no fill?
on May 21, 2013 at 2:56:21 pm

Thanks, Ridley. Very odd, but I at least get the workflow now. Sort of seems like they could use some more obvious verbage.

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