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Bryant Vander Weerdvector what now??
by on Apr 15, 2008 at 9:13:37 pm

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.



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Serge HamadRe: vector what now??
by on Apr 15, 2008 at 11:35:07 pm

Hi Bryant,

Invigorator works with closed paths or outlined strokes. Make also sure that your artwork has a stroke and or a fill color at least.

Also when you save your ai file you need to make sure that the box for the Compression feature is not checked and in case you are using CS3 save rather to a CS2 or older version.

If you still have problems let us know.

Salut,
Serge

Invigorator/Proanimator Training: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/hamad_serge/invig_training.php


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Bryant Vander WeerdRe: vector what now??
by on Apr 16, 2008 at 4:08:52 am

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!



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Serge HamadRe: vector what now??
by on Apr 16, 2008 at 4:33:36 am

Hey,

I didn't say that & you didn't say either that you are using Photoshop.
I thought you would be using Illustrator. Aren't you?

Check the following thread: http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/41/858452#858452

You could also search the archive for other ones.

If you are still stuck then send me your file at (serge at nyc-visual dot com)

Salut,
Serge



Invigorator/Proanimator Training: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/hamad_serge/invig_training.php


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Bryant Vander WeerdRe: vector what now??
by on Apr 16, 2008 at 5:05:31 am

Thanks for the links. I will give them a thorough look-through tomorrow and let you know how everything goes. They seemed to help other people, and this thread is exactly my problem.

I suppose I assumed I had to use photoshop when you used the word "stroke". But, I will watch the videos and see if I can't figure it out on my own.

I appreciate the help



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serge HamadRe: vector what now??
by on Apr 16, 2008 at 5:18:59 am

[Bryant Vander Weerd] "I will watch the videos and see if I can't figure it out on my own."

Anytime!

Salut,
Serge


Invigorator/Proanimator Training: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/hamad_serge/invig_training.php


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Bryant Vander WeerdRe: vector what now??
by on Apr 16, 2008 at 4:36:34 pm

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.

{http://bjvanderweer.iweb.bsu.edu/newswatch_horizontal.tif}

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.

-Bryant



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