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Ryan Simmons
Importing Illustrator files into AE, specifically artboards
on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:43:39 pm

Hi all--

I'm importing an Illustrator file into AE, and I've separated all the assets I want to manipulate into top-level layers in AI, but the AI project has multiple artboards. I've noticed that when I go to pull it into After Effects, it will only pull the layers that appear within the top artboard.

If I change the order of the artboards, to try to bring more layers into AE, it will disconnect the layers that were on the previously top-most artboard.

I'm thinking the solution is to save multiple copies of the AI project, each with a different artboard listed first. Then importing them into AE. Seems like a lot of work though. Is there another work around?

Thanks!


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Importing Illustrator files into AE, specifically artboards
on Jun 17, 2014 at 4:23:53 pm

Here's a very good explanation of importing Illustrator files to AE:

http://www.jamesmerry.co.uk/home/?p=388

If you just want to cut to the artboard issue, scroll down to Multiple Artboards.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Importing Illustrator files into AE, specifically artboards
on Jun 17, 2014 at 4:51:27 pm

Separate out the Illustrator layers you need to animate in AE into a separate Illustrator document. Then you don't have to mess with this artboard confusion. Proper organization in Illustrator beforehand means an easier task in AE later.

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify!

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ryan Simmons
Re: Importing Illustrator files into AE, specifically artboards
on Jun 17, 2014 at 6:02:18 pm

Thanks Joe and Dave! Unfortunately I'm working with another designer's work, which is, let's just say, not up to my usual standards of organization. Thanks for the help!


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