View Full Version : Illustrator outlines to After Effects?

11 November 2008, 04:07 AM
I'm trying to figure out how to get my outline paths from Illustrator to After Effects.

I tryed making an outline path in Illustrator, and exporting it as an AI. However, the imported image is automatically rasterized and I lose my outlines.

The tutorial i'm working on says:

1. Create Logo Outline Path using Illustrator. (It is Single Path)
2. Create a New Composition. (640x480)
3. Create a Black New Solid. (640x480)
4. Copy and Paste to Mask Path from Illustrator.

So... How the heck do I inadvertently select the entire mask path, and exclude the raster image? x.x Maybe I'm looking too hard into this. I'm sure it's a simple issue.

11 November 2008, 09:15 AM
I don't follow. It says "Copy&Paste", not "Import", which are two completely different things. "Copy&Paste" refers to inserting items via the clipboard whose functions are accessible in the "Edit" menu in pretty much any app on that planet. This sort of roundtripping is used for a variety of processes between different Adobe apps, so read up on which app supports which data types via the clipboard.


11 November 2008, 03:24 PM
If you're trying to paste an Illustrator spline onto a mask shape/mask path in AE, make sure that you have the actual mask shape/mask path (the word) in the timeline prior to pasting it.
If you just have the layer selected, it may not work.

Mylenium, you're fielding all the pop-flies over here, aren't you?

11 November 2008, 03:13 PM
Hmm I'm not sure. I think the tutorials are translations. This is the original site with the tutorial. I'm currently stuck on step 5.

Evidentally it's supposed to look like this:

Any insight would be great :3 I'm not very well versed in AE yet.

11 November 2008, 06:49 PM
Mr. Ayato's tips are cryptic, indeed, but that part is easy. Create the text in AI. Convert it to outlines. Merge the individual letters into a contiguous path using Pathfinder and manual vertex join operations. Then simply select the path with the move tool, copy it to the clipboard. Switch over to AE. Create a solid. Use Paste to insert the path from the clipboard as a mask. Now add the Vegas effect and have it reference that mask as laid out in the tutorial...


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