As you may find out relatively soon, I am extremely new at After Effects, Zaxerks in particular. I have recently inherited a newsroom computer with a copy of After Effects 7.0 and Zaxwerks fully -legally- installed. I plan to do some rebranding of our newsroom graphics over the summer, like create new 3D logos.
Here's my problem. I open up After effects, import something into the timeline, and open up Zaxwerks. I click on Import Illustrator File, and the file I have exported from Ai onto the desktop creates an error: no vector paths.
So I suppose my question is, how do I give this image vector paths? What ARE vector paths? Your help is greatly appreciated; I catch on quick but it takes me weeks to learn something like Ai and Zax. Thanks.
So you're saying I need to go into Photoshop and give my image a stroke, as in, the one in the Blending Options tab? The only other outline I can think of is actually using something like Photoshop's magnetic lasso tool to trace the outline of each element, but I don't know if those would stay when I exported the image for Illustrator.
I have absolutely no experience with paths, so creating a closed path is foreign to me. I'll get this one day!
This link definitely helped me. I saved with no compression as an Illustrator 3 file and that seemed to work (saving as Illustrator CS3 with no compression still gave me the same "no vector paths" error message)
But this import only works on a very basic level. I can import my graphic, but the letters I have layered on top of it show up as holes when imported.
My graphic looks like this... except without the text on the left side, it's just the logo. Also, instead of black brackets, the ones I have are white.
The the N, W, and the "pipe" separating the two show up as holes, while my white brackets on the side are flat with the red rectangle. How can i get all of these elements to stick out in front of the red rectangle? The only solution I can think of is to import all of these elements separately and then position them accordingly... seems like there would be a much easier way, though.