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ellie zenhariA shape following a custom path From Ai to AE
by on Feb 26, 2011 at 3:31:47 am

Hello everyone,

Can anyone tell me how I can follow a PNG photo to follow a custom path that I created and brought in from Ai?

I can do the regular following a path option, but doesn't work on custom path copied and pasted from Ai.
( I used the selection tool so the path is clean/ no borders)

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you :)


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Angie TaylorRe: A shape following a custom path From Ai to AE
by on Feb 26, 2011 at 2:45:43 pm

Hi there,

First of all, to copy the clipboard data (including paths) from Illustrator to After Effects you must make sure that the Illustrator Preferences are set up to do so. Go to the Preferences > File Handling and clipboard in Illustrator and choose the option AICB and make sure Preserve Paths is selected.

Then in After Effects open the Position Property of the layer you want to copy the data into and select the Position property (by clicking on the word Position). Move the Timemakrker to where you want the move to start and then hit Paste. The Keyframes will automatically be pasted as roving keyfrmaes so simply select and drag the first or last one to retime the animation as required!

Hope this helps!

cheers,

Angie

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ellie zenhariRe: A shape following a custom path From Ai to AE
by on Feb 27, 2011 at 12:07:23 am

Thank you so much Angie!
This is great but not quite what I wanted to do:

1- I want to bring in a PNG plane ( just as an example) that is going to follow the spiral path from AI...
That i copy and past from AE...

2- So the plane is following the path of the spiral preset from Ai...( I can do it on a path that I make using follow path command...)

Is that even possible?


Thank you sooo much..you are the only person who responded to me :) Thank you again...

ellie


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Joey ForemanRe: A shape following a custom path From Ai to AE
by on Feb 27, 2011 at 4:22:10 am

Your phrasing kind of makes it sound like you're thinking about it in reverse.

You said -

[ellie zenhari] "That i copy and past from AE..."

Unless that was a typo, and you meant from AI.

If we're understanding you correctly, all you have to do is select the path in AI, copy it, and paste it into the position property of the .png layer.

In AE, your .png layer will then animate around, following the path of the spiral shape.

Isn't that what you want do?

Joey Foreman
Editor/Compositor/VFX Artist


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Angie TaylorRe: A shape following a custom path From Ai to AE
by on Feb 27, 2011 at 12:31:02 pm

Hi there,

Yes, you can do this. Just draw the spiral in Illustrator and then use the steps I outlined in my previous post to paste the path data into the Position data of the PNG layer. :-)

Hope this helps! :-)

cheers,

Angie

Angie Taylor animation & illustration for television, film, web and devices

http://www.angietaylor.co.uk
Twitter: theangietaylor
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ellie zenhariRe: A shape following a custom path From Ai to AE
by on Feb 27, 2011 at 4:42:37 am

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for all your help and such perfect direction...! It worked :)


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Angie TaylorRe: A shape following a custom path From Ai to AE
by on Feb 27, 2011 at 12:34:27 pm

A real pleasure, thank you for the kind words of appreciation, it makes it all worthwhile! :-)

cheers,

Angie

Angie Taylor animation & illustration for television, film, web and devices

http://www.angietaylor.co.uk
Twitter: theangietaylor
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