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Greg Neumayer
Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 19, 2013 at 11:40:03 pm

I'm having issues importing radial gradients from AI. A multiple color gradient (only radial, I think) in Illustrator gets translated to having a white center. Is this a bug problem? Interpretation problem? (note, this is not a "banding" issue. The colors are changing on import).

Anyone else have this problem?

AE and AI version CC

Thanks!

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:12:31 am

I'm not seeing this problem. If you upload some example Illustrator files that are showing this behavior, I'll have a look.

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Greg Neumayer
Re: Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:22:48 am

Here's a sample file. Sorry if this is a duplicate post. I can't quite tell if my file uploaded correctly.

6815_gradientproblemsample1.ai.zip

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Ridley Walker
Re: Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:30:11 am

When I look at the left colour stop in Illustrator it *is* white.



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Greg Neumayer
Re: Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:44:01 am

Hmmm. Yeah, it must be something in the transfer from AI. It's not white while I'm in AI. I'll attach a screenshot.

Maybe I'm making a mistake with the export settings?

6818_gradientprobinterface1.jpg.zip

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:43:19 am

It's an Illustrator bug. Illustrator is saving the wrong information in the file. To see this, open the same .ai file in Acrobat. After Effects and Acrobat (and other applications) are reading the same data.

I was able to force Illustrator to save out the correct colors by saving your .ai file as a .eps file from Illustrator.

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Greg Neumayer
Re: Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:48:31 am

Thanks, Todd.
I'll try that.

While you're there, I'm also having trouble copying and pasting one gradient from AI even to another AI file. Sometimes they work, other times they turn into what looks like a blend, where in outline mode I see a hundred concentric circles making the gradient. Maybe it's related.

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:51:23 am

Please submit that bug to the Illustrator team:
http://adobe.ly/ReportBug

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Greg Neumayer
Re: Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 20, 2013 at 5:09:41 pm

I submitted these to Adobe.
For the record here, I've also had these anomalies (AI CC 17.0.0):

--Copying and pasting a stoked/gradient object into a new AI document may result in the object converting to two objects--an expanded stroke, and a non-stroked object.
--When pasted, it converted some of the gradients to what looks like a blend, with a hundred concentric circles in outline mode.
--And as stated, gradients are turning white in the left-most color when imported to another app (like After Effects).

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Problem importing radial gradient to AE from Illustrator
on Nov 20, 2013 at 5:52:46 pm

A detail that may help you to understand the different behavior:

When Illustrator saves a .ai file, it saves the information in "native" Illustrator format and also saves a converted version of this data in EPS/PDF format, which is what nearly every other application uses. So, your original issue is because the conversion to EPS/PDF is broken in this case.

I just wanted to make that clear so that your bug reports to the Illustrator team could nudge them in the right direction. ;-)

And, yes, I'll be nudging from this side, too.

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