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David Honan
How do you turn an Illustrator layer in after Effects to 3D?
on Dec 16, 2014 at 6:19:17 pm

Hi from medieval York UK.

This link illustrates my problem:
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc53/zymurgy_bucket/after-effects-depth-...
But here goes...

I have uploaded an Illustrator file into after effects. One of the layers is a letter M. But of course it is flat. I want to thicken it, if that makes any sense. Yes i an turn it into a 3D object and play around with x and Y planes but i just cant thicken it.

I followed a tutorial and learnt you can thicken a flat layer with "Extrusion". But i wonder is this something you cant do with an illustrator file? Is extrusion only for text layers and shapes?

So i guess my question is how can I make this letter M thicken or "extrude" when the option just isnt there :-(

Any insight welcome :-)
David


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Richard Garabedain
Re: How do you turn an Illustrator layer in after Effects to 3D?
on Dec 16, 2014 at 6:45:00 pm

Sadly you can on extrude shapes and text, and you must be in ray trace mode in your comp window = command + K.


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Walter Soyka
Re: How do you turn an Illustrator layer in after Effects to 3D?
on Dec 16, 2014 at 7:55:33 pm

[Richard Garabedain] "Sadly you can on extrude shapes and text, and you must be in ray trace mode in your comp window"

But you can convert vector footage layers to shape layers:

http://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/creating-shapes-masks.html#id_98...

Just right-click the layer and choose "Create shapes from vector layer."

Walter Soyka
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David Honan
Re: How do you turn an Illustrator layer in after Effects to 3D?
on Jan 13, 2015 at 5:41:20 pm

Thank you for all your replies which all helped me convert an illustrator layer to a shape layer and ultimately allowing me to to add extrusion depth and this is how i did it. (CC Version)

Step 1: Right clicked on the illustrator layer
Step 2: In the menu that appears selected "Create shape layers.."
Step 3: Went into geometry options and voila suddenly Extrusion depth is available :-)

Grazie mille!


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chris brett
Re: How do you turn an Illustrator layer in after Effects to 3D?
on Jan 13, 2015 at 6:29:17 pm

Hi David

Thanks for feedback -- I will do some tests with this myself .

All the best ----- chris


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How do you turn an Illustrator layer in after Effects to 3D?
on Dec 16, 2014 at 7:23:49 pm

Look at Cinema 4D Lite. If those are YOUR screen shots, you have it.

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


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chris brett
Re: How do you turn an Illustrator layer in after Effects to 3D?
on Dec 16, 2014 at 8:12:34 pm

Hi David

I think you might well be able to do this as long as you have CS6 or higher.

If you do have CS6 you make sure you are in ray trace mode which allows a range of properties, including extrusion, on vector shapes and fonts ( which are vector shapes anyway ).....

..... therefore the answer to this lies in how to get from Illustrator to Ae.........


I think this has to be possible but am not yet sure exactly how .....

.....recently copied an Illustrator vector and pasted it as a 'path' into Ae to animate a reveal - so presumably there is a way to copy and paste the Illustrator vector as a 'shape' as they are essentially the same thing as far as I can see.....


Therefore suggest you research 'copy and paste' from Illustrator 'vector' to Ae 'shape' then you are away I think .....

.....or if you can convert paths to shapes in Ae try -- copying vector in Illustrator / paste to path in Ae / convert.....


Have recently done quite a bit of work in this area and this item is near the top of the list so have quite some interest in the outcome....

Please see image here if of interest - no 3D software used - all built in Ae ....



If it looks like this is working for you happy to assist further



----------------------------------chris --


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David Honan
Re: How do you turn an Illustrator layer in after Effects to 3D?
on Dec 17, 2014 at 10:40:46 am

Thank you for all your replies, I'm going to give this another bash in the the next day or so. I'll post my progress to share what worked :-)


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