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Jeff Hinkle
Illustrator layers off by 1 pixel
on Oct 4, 2019 at 10:11:37 pm

This is driving me nuts. I'm working on a 3D box. Should be simple. Set it all up in Illustrator, set my sizes to round numbers to make the math easy, saved to AI, imported into AE as Composition-Retain Layer Sizes and... every layer is a pixel wider in each dimension and my anchor points are all on non-round values.

Diving into the depths of Google, I see there's an issue if your AI artboards aren't on whole numbers and/or the reference point is set to center. I check all that and my artboard is 2000x20000, top left corner parked on 0,0. Find a post about making everything Pixel Perfect in the Object menu. Based on values, seems like everything should be, but I try anyway and Illustrator informs me everything is already pixel perfect.

I try setting antialiasing to More Accurate in AI Import options thinking there's some unneeded pixel juggling going on. No joy. I even rebuild everything from scratch (again, all whole numbers) in case the file had something weird buried in it. Same problem.

While I can certainly build the model in AE, I'd really rather not do it a third time and would like to know what's going on. Why are the Illustrator dimensions off?

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Tomas Bumbulevičius
Re: Illustrator layers off by 1 pixel
on Oct 6, 2019 at 8:59:43 am

Hey Jeff, while solution below won't solve anchor point offset - please check if 'continous rasterization' is set on imported layers. At least visually, it might help out.

Find out more:
After Effects Tutorials: motion design, expressions, scripting.
Boxer - Dynamic Text Boxes Template with a Live Preview


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Jeff Hinkle
Re: Illustrator layers off by 1 pixel
on Oct 7, 2019 at 3:30:11 pm

Thanks for the links, but it's not really a question of things looking off. On import, the AI layers are physically 1 pixel larger in each direction. I'm sure I can make it work, but I want to know why it's doing it and how to prevent it. Seems like a 1100x600 object in AI shouldn't suddenly become a1101x601 object in AE.

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Jeff Hinkle
Re: Illustrator layers off by 1 pixel
on Oct 9, 2019 at 4:13:22 pm

And just for added fun, if I export to PSD layers, everything is once again a pixel too large. But if I copy and paste each piece individually into Photoshop, they maintain their correct sizes. Is it something Illustrator is doing on save? At this point I'm just going to avoid Illustrator for anything size-critical that's going into another application, but I am curious what's the cause.

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Eric Santiago
Re: Illustrator layers off by 1 pixel
on Oct 9, 2019 at 4:21:18 pm

Have you tried exporting as an EPS?
I wonder if there is a choke or bleed bug going on.


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