Illustrator to After Effects Field Manual

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Illustrator to After Effects Field Manual

Some things that seem like a no-brainer…

…really take a lot of know-how, and getting assets from Illustrator into After Effects and have them be animation ready is one of those things. In this video we cover quite a bit of ground on just how to set that up so you don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out why something just isn’t working.

We’ll go over taking care of EPS files, converting to RGB, how layers in Illustrator translate to layers in AE, the different ways to import your AI file, and a whole slew of other useful tips and info.

In this video I mention how awesome the Explode Shape Layers 3 script is, you can download that here at aescripts + aeplugins.

This time you can download a cheat sheet with a bunch of info on it. It also has all of the time codes for where I talk about things in the video so if you do need to review something you can find it fast.

I also want to say many thanks to Jon Craft for helping out with this tutorial. He not only helped lay out the art, but sometimes two brains are better than one and he helped me go through and remember all of those little things that I show you. You can find Jon’s work here.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Nicole and Jonathan at Territory Post in Ferndale, MI for recording my intro and outro. You guys are awesome.

If you have any questions, click over to the Q&A tab to post them. Other students can answer you, and we'll put our team on the case to try and get you a solution ASAP.

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    • Hey just on the release to layers issue. Apologies If this has already been mentioned but you just need to make sure the layer is selected. So for example, click on "layer 1" so it's highlighted then the option to release to layers will be available. No need for a workaround.

    • Same problem with the zip file, it cannot be opened, is the problem fixed yet?

    • Thanks Corey, the zip file only contains the pdf and not the Ai file. It is fine, I don't need to download the project file to follow along but thought you guys should know about it.

    • Something is wrong with the project file - It will not open

    • Sorry about that! We just fixed the ZIP file so you're all set to re-download it.

      • But where is the PDF?

      • Hi Calamityjen, you can find the PDF inside the same ZIP that contains the project files.

      00:00:00,632(instrumental rock music)
      00:00:09,288- Hey, guys.
      00:00:10,275This is Amy from School of Motion
      00:00:11,277and today I'm gonna be taking you
      00:00:12,280through how to get your Illustrator assets
      00:00:13,877into After Effects.
      00:00:15,565As a motion designer
      00:00:16,568this stuff is super important
      00:00:18,040because you're gonna be doing it all the time.
      00:00:19,555I'm gonna show you a bunch of tips and tricks
      00:00:21,752so that you can avoid some pitfalls
      00:00:22,947and not get stuck midway through a project.
      00:00:25,677Also, scroll to the bottom of this page
      00:00:27,939and sign up to be a VIP member
      00:00:29,368because we're always giving out bonus content.
      00:00:31,779With this lesson you'll get a PDF
      00:00:33,954so that you don't have to go back through the whole video
      00:00:35,427just remember something really quickly.
      00:00:37,987Thanks for watching.
      00:00:39,288Let's get started.
      00:00:42,336Alright, guys, let's get started with this tutorial.
      00:00:45,133So I would like to apologize for my keyboard.
      00:00:46,989It is the loudest keyboard on earth.
      00:00:50,423I will eventually replace it, sooner rather than later,
      00:00:53,816so we'll only have to deal with this
      00:00:55,267for maybe the first two tutorials that I do.
      00:00:57,933Alright, so we were provided with this wonderful artwork
      00:01:01,962by my buddy John Craft.
      00:01:03,544He put it together
      00:01:05,165and we have our three boards here.
      00:01:09,304These are each different art boards.
      00:01:10,413Now we've got our different objects
      00:01:14,232kind of separated out into groups over here
      00:01:16,813and I want to mention
      00:01:18,584that this is actually an EPS file.
      00:01:22,259Now we're starting with an EPS file
      00:01:23,795just so that we can see how After Effects handles
      00:01:27,667those particular types of files.
      00:01:30,761The short of it is
      00:01:31,752After Effects really doesn't handle those types of files
      00:01:35,016well at all.
      00:01:36,872So we are going to import this EPS file.
      00:01:40,819Control+I to bring up this dialogue
      00:01:43,827and you hit import
      00:01:45,939and we're gonna comp that really quick.
      00:01:47,859And as you can see, this is not what we want at all.
      00:01:51,992Our art boards are all just kind of spaced out.
      00:01:54,024I mean it brought it in pretty much exactly
      00:01:55,923as it was laid out in Illustrator.
      00:01:59,577Not what we want.
      00:02:00,616We have no layers down here.
      00:02:02,600We can't isolate these objects
      00:02:04,200and the color space is actually wrong on this, too.
      00:02:08,014So we're gonna go back into Illustrator
      00:02:09,981and we are going to fix this.
      00:02:14,227Now the first thing that we want to do
      00:02:16,377is actually make an Illustrator file
      00:02:18,084and that's just a simple as going up
      00:02:19,816and hitting file, save as
      00:02:21,608and then just selecting Adobe Illustrator.
      00:02:24,527We're gonna take off our EPS suffix here
      00:02:27,325and you can just leave these default settings.
      00:02:30,077These are completely fine to bring into After Effects.
      00:02:35,069Now the other thing we need to address
      00:02:36,751is that this is in CMYK
      00:02:39,485and that's why the colors aren't showing up correctly.
      00:02:42,408Now this is a pretty easy fix also.
      00:02:45,757Now it's not under color settings
      00:02:51,069like you think it would be.
      00:02:53,704See this just brings up the profiles for Adobe.
      00:02:57,732Instead, it is actually under file
      00:03:03,075and then document color mode and there's RGB color.
      00:03:05,549Always takes me a little bit of thinking
      00:03:08,237to make it through some of these menus.
      00:03:11,651Alright, so now we've taken care of the color space
      00:03:13,656and the actual file type.
      00:03:16,067So let's save this and we'll bring it back
      00:03:18,051into After Effects and see what we get this time.
      00:03:21,763Delete out these EPS files.
      00:03:27,949Import, coffee shop
      00:03:31,064and we're gonna actually talk about the different ways
      00:03:32,280to import things, too.
      00:03:34,709So for this first one
      00:03:35,715we're gonna import it as footage.
      00:03:39,981I'm just gonna hit import
      00:03:41,665and we're gonna leave it as footage
      00:03:42,687and we're gonna leave it on merge layers and hit OK.
      00:03:48,685Now as you can see
      00:03:49,688it brought in something a little bit different this time
      00:03:51,139but it's still not what we want.
      00:03:54,231Now what's going on here
      00:03:55,235is After Effects just kind of picks an art board.
      00:03:58,755I feel like it's arbitrary.
      00:04:00,995There's probably some science to this
      00:04:03,508but it won't actually look at the art boards
      00:04:08,141that are in the project file.
      00:04:11,807It's just kinda gonna pick one
      00:04:12,809and that's the art that you're going to see
      00:04:15,307and this is all you're gonna get.
      00:04:17,720Now when it's brought in as footage
      00:04:18,723it's doing what it's supposed to
      00:04:20,365as far as it being footage.
      00:04:22,240You're gonna get just one thing.
      00:04:23,235Everything's gonna be merged down together.
      00:04:24,803That's completely normal.
      00:04:28,365So we actually need to go back into Illustrator
      00:04:29,859and we need to get rid of those art boards now.
      00:04:34,168The easiest way to do that
      00:04:35,341is we're gonna be doing some file, save as work here.
      00:04:40,589So what we'll do, I always save as first
      00:04:42,147because otherwise I get myself into big trouble.
      00:04:45,643We're gonna go save as coffee shop, scene one.
      00:04:51,064And same thing, default.
      00:04:52,472And we're actually just gonna delete scenes two
      00:04:55,864and three out of here
      00:04:59,977and you're gonna select your art board tool
      00:05:01,347and you're just gonna close these art boards down.
      00:05:05,739You can also select them and hit delete.
      00:05:06,977Either way works just fine.
      00:05:11,391So now we just have scene one isolated
      00:05:13,889out into one file
      00:05:19,030and then we're gonna do the tedious thing
      00:05:20,609where you open it up again
      00:05:22,785and we're gonna go file and save as
      00:05:25,835and coffee shop.
      00:05:28,390This is gonna be scene two, whoops.
      00:05:32,150So we repeat the process for all three scenes.
      00:05:40,790Alright, so right now we're just gonna focus
      00:05:42,300pretty much solely on scene one.
      00:05:45,180This is gonna give us a very good demonstration
      00:05:47,489of what After Effects actually does
      00:05:50,177when you bring in footage,
      00:05:52,630the three different ways that you can import it.
      00:05:54,721So the first thing that we're gonna do,
      00:05:59,542After Effects only looks at the top most layer,
      00:06:02,059the top most layer in your Illustrator files.
      00:06:07,590What I mean by that is
      00:06:08,587this is the top most layer
      00:06:10,400and if we added another one here
      00:06:12,000layer four would also be a top most layer.
      00:06:14,942These little sub layers or sub groups
      00:06:16,971are not going to be looked at by After Effects
      00:06:21,046because they're nested underneath a top layer.
      00:06:24,220So what we're gonna do right now
      00:06:26,187is we're gonna come in
      00:06:27,552and we're actually gonna separate all this stuff out.
      00:06:29,664We're gonna assume that you probably logically
      00:06:32,096would want to animate the speech bubbles separately,
      00:06:35,762the girl separately, the guy separately
      00:06:39,862and then have the background kind of hanging out
      00:06:41,164as a background like it should be.
      00:06:44,129So what we're going to do here
      00:06:45,324is we are going to go in,
      00:06:47,030there's a reason I'm clicking off,
      00:06:49,612and we are going to use release to layers
      00:06:53,452but if you notice it's grayed out right now.
      00:06:56,844I don't know if I'm the only person
      00:06:58,122who has encountered this problem.
      00:07:01,727I feel like I've ran into it on multiple computers.
      00:07:06,124I don't know why this happens
      00:07:07,809but I found a workaround for it.
      00:07:10,049All you have to do is add another layer.
      00:07:12,588I don't know why this works but it does.
      00:07:15,617I am not the genius who will explain the why.
      00:07:17,599I'll give you the workaround though.
      00:07:19,969And look magically release to layers
      00:07:21,953is back as an option
      00:07:24,449so we hit release to layers sequence
      00:07:25,942and magically everything is in its own layer now.
      00:07:31,148Well not really magic, but you kinda get what I mean.
      00:07:34,966So we're just gonna drag all of these out
      00:07:37,057and we're gonna leave the background
      00:07:38,870and scene one layer right now
      00:07:41,964and we can dump this empty layer off of here.
      00:07:45,932You're also going to want to name things.
      00:07:48,300This kills me all the time
      00:07:51,841when I get a file and it's not named properly.
      00:07:54,380So I'm gonna go through
      00:07:56,193and rename all of these really quickly.
      00:08:01,324Alright, so we've gone through
      00:08:02,358and we've renamed all of our layers properly
      00:08:03,766so that way we know what we're working with
      00:08:07,372when we get into After Effects.
      00:08:09,633If you notice that move dialogue box popup
      00:08:11,126that's because I have one of those hot key kind of
      00:08:15,798things that happens
      00:08:17,170when you work in more than one piece of software.
      00:08:19,382In Illustrator it is not enter to rename a layer,
      00:08:23,116it is just double clicking on it
      00:08:24,737whereas in After Effects double clicking
      00:08:26,934is gonna get you nothing
      00:08:28,684and you actually have to enter
      00:08:30,663so that's why that happened.
      00:08:32,694Alright, so we're gonna save out our file
      00:08:34,230and let's check out the different ways
      00:08:35,830that After Effects handles these import processes.
      00:08:41,868Alright, so here we are back in After Effects
      00:08:43,425and now I'm gonna show you the three different ways
      00:08:44,897that you can get a file from Illustrator into After Effects
      00:08:49,270and the ways that After Effects is gonna handle
      00:08:50,550each of these import options.
      00:08:53,942So the first option,
      00:08:54,945which we've already kind of touched on
      00:08:56,161with the EPS file is import as footage.
      00:08:59,809That one's a pretty easy one.
      00:09:00,812We're gonna have to comp it really quick
      00:09:03,457so you can see what happened here.
      00:09:04,993All it did was bring in one flattened layer
      00:09:08,617so all that setup that we actually just did in Illustrator
      00:09:11,158is not preserved.
      00:09:12,737It's gonna flatten everything back down
      00:09:15,357into just a solid layer.
      00:09:17,260Now you could go through and create shapes
      00:09:20,182from vector layer
      00:09:23,574and then go through all of this stuff
      00:09:25,876and separate it out
      00:09:28,161but that would make you a crazy person
      00:09:29,910and I would highly recommend
      00:09:32,626that you don't do things that way.
      00:09:35,564Takes a lot of time.
      00:09:36,563And also you notice
      00:09:37,804this gray shape back here
      00:09:39,315the background broke,
      00:09:41,217we'll get to that,
      00:09:43,052but that is something that does happen
      00:09:44,370when you bring in Illustrator art.
      00:09:47,233Certain things will break.
      00:09:49,686I promise we'll come back.
      00:09:51,585Alright, so we'll delete that one.
      00:09:54,785We're gonna import again.
      00:09:56,748Import scene one.
      00:09:58,048This time we're going to import it as a composition.
      00:10:00,819So when we hit the import this time
      00:10:03,701it already made a comp for us
      00:10:06,134so we're gonna open that up
      00:10:07,564and if you notice this time
      00:10:08,584it actually did preserve our layers
      00:10:11,105that we set up back in Illustrator which is pretty cool.
      00:10:14,113The downside to using composition
      00:10:17,633is that every single one of your layers
      00:10:20,385is going to be the size of the comp
      00:10:23,756which makes it really hard to grab things
      00:10:25,782and it would make this file very cumbersome
      00:10:29,172after a certain point to animate.
      00:10:32,926So really this can work
      00:10:35,145but it's not ideal.
      00:10:39,390So the best way to get your artwork
      00:10:41,459into After Effects from Illustrator
      00:10:44,550is to do composition retain layer sizes.
      00:10:51,463Now this one makes a comp for you again
      00:10:54,174and our layers are all here
      00:10:57,374but the difference is, you saw it when I highlighted it,
      00:11:01,620every one of these, it looks at the actual size dimensions
      00:11:06,190of each layer
      00:11:08,260and gives you this nice bounding box.
      00:11:09,860It makes it way easier to grab things
      00:11:12,910and your anchor point's slightly more centered.
      00:11:14,894You'll probably still have to tweak it
      00:11:15,897depending on what you're doing
      00:11:17,412but this is way more manageable already.
      00:11:21,758The other thing that you're going to notice
      00:11:22,958is that if we bring our lady up
      00:11:26,948she's cut off at the bottom.
      00:11:29,017Now that is just how After Effects
      00:11:32,729brings things in from Illustrator
      00:11:36,313when you select this particular option.
      00:11:38,809It does the same thing when you select composition
      00:11:40,661and there is a way to get that information back in
      00:11:45,206so don't freak out if you see something cut off,
      00:11:48,665it just takes a little bit more work to get it back.
      00:11:52,185So the way that we fix this,
      00:11:53,358I'll bring her up so you can see her,
      00:11:56,516is we're going to convert this,
      00:12:00,969create shapes from vector layer,
      00:12:05,028and we're halfway there.
      00:12:07,161You notice she's still cut off right at this line.
      00:12:10,740That right there is actually an artifact
      00:12:12,750from the importing,
      00:12:14,585from the conversion I guess you could say,
      00:12:17,721and what's happening is,
      00:12:20,217it's keeping that art board in there
      00:12:24,249as kind of this bogus dummy path.
      00:12:27,146So what you're going to want to do
      00:12:29,348is find that art board path and then delete it out.
      00:12:34,745Now the way to do that is literally just
      00:12:36,772turn things on and off until you figure it out
      00:12:39,882and you see on path two here
      00:12:43,801this is the path that we want 'cause our,
      00:12:47,929oop, there we go,
      00:12:50,486so that's turning on and off
      00:12:51,982and we can see that shape filling back in
      00:12:52,984so delete that path.
      00:12:54,965Now if you notice we still have a hole here.
      00:12:55,967That's because that thing's going to be on anything
      00:12:58,873that was cut off
      00:13:00,302so you're gonna have to find a couple of 'em in here
      00:13:03,342and delete them out.
      00:13:06,718Pretty simple but still, it could get really tedious
      00:13:09,282if you actually have a lot of artwork
      00:13:11,522that's been cut like that.
      00:13:14,402So I wanted to show you guys this handy script
      00:13:18,306called explode shape layers.
      00:13:20,011It's been hanging out here at the top
      00:13:21,438and there's a reason it's been hanging out up here.
      00:13:23,657This thing is I think like 35 bucks
      00:13:26,775but man is it awesome.
      00:13:29,406We are not being sponsored by these people.
      00:13:32,426This is just a great solid tool.
      00:13:35,560If you are doing a lot of this work
      00:13:38,488you are going to want to get this thing.
      00:13:42,306So we have our lady already done.
      00:13:45,037I'll show you how to do this on the guy really quick.
      00:13:49,560So what you're gonna want to do
      00:13:50,562is you hit this same button,
      00:13:53,930converts it to a shape layer,
      00:13:56,578and then we can actually go in,
      00:14:01,036oh I hit the speech bubble, see?
      00:14:03,298This is silly of me.
      00:14:06,626We want the guy, there he is, man, alright.
      00:14:09,975Convert him, he's converted, move him up, there we go
      00:14:15,202and then there's a button here
      00:14:17,100and this button's amazing
      00:14:18,786because it takes out the art boards for you
      00:14:20,791and we're all done.
      00:14:22,003Two clicks, easy peasy.
      00:14:26,743Alright, I'm gonna move him back down now.
      00:14:30,391So the next thing that I wanna show you guys
      00:14:32,800is what if we didn't break this artwork up enough
      00:14:36,834when we were back in Illustrator?
      00:14:39,968There's a way to get around that
      00:14:41,591and it has to do with all of those groups
      00:14:44,215that we were looking at down here.
      00:14:47,348So let's say we wanted to actually isolate her ponytail
      00:14:49,207to animate.
      00:14:51,980What you would want to do is, again,
      00:14:54,263kind of turn things on and off,
      00:14:56,044figure out which one's the ponytail.
      00:14:58,828I've done this before so I know it's group eight,
      00:15:01,154it's at the very bottom.
      00:15:02,775It will kind of do the layer stacking order
      00:15:05,228so if you know that that's gonna be the back most object
      00:15:09,132you can figure out roughly where it will be
      00:15:11,709in that position there.
      00:15:13,740So we're going to take group eight,
      00:15:18,348we're going to duplicate the lady first
      00:15:21,100then we're going to delete group eight.
      00:15:24,087So if we solo it was just have her head now on this layer
      00:15:29,164and then on this layer we're going to do the opposite.
      00:15:33,962We're gonna grab everything except for layer eight,
      00:15:36,226delete that and now we have just her ponytail isolated
      00:15:41,794and then we can just drop that layer back below there
      00:15:46,082and we are all set to move this thing around,
      00:15:49,495well, almost all set
      00:15:51,351'cause the anchor point's going to be off on it
      00:15:53,740which is just as easy as going into pan behind,
      00:15:56,514dragging the anchor point to where you want it
      00:15:59,116and the ponytail is ready to go.
      00:16:08,395Now I'm gonna show you, again, how to do this
      00:16:10,844but I'm gonna actually use explode shape layers
      00:16:14,219'cause this is kind of a little bit
      00:16:15,392of a quicker way to do this
      00:16:16,672'cause again you're not going to have to be fiddling around
      00:16:20,811with turning things, well,
      00:16:24,949I guess you will have to turn things on and off agian.
      00:16:26,609It's a little bit different.
      00:16:28,021We'll just show you.
      00:16:29,451It's easier that way.
      00:16:31,541Alright, convert it to a shave layer.
      00:16:32,907This time we're going to explode the shapes out.
      00:16:36,742So instead of having to turn eyeballs on and off,
      00:16:39,307I keep hitting these speech bubbles,
      00:16:40,971that's just how this is going to go tonight.
      00:16:46,240Alright, convert it, explode it, there we go.
      00:16:52,875Remove the art board.
      00:16:55,089Check that out.
      00:16:56,415Now we're getting somewhere.
      00:16:57,502You can actually solo these now so,
      00:17:03,372yeah, there's a speech bubble,
      00:17:05,339so we can pick through and actually solo objects
      00:17:07,643until we figure out exactly which one it is that we want.
      00:17:11,440So everything's isolated onto its own shape layer now
      00:17:14,149but we can actually go back in
      00:17:16,977and if we want all of these pieces together
      00:17:19,030we can merge them back together.
      00:17:22,422So these are all merged
      00:17:23,423and we're gonna get rid of these excess layers now.
      00:17:25,963We don't need these.
      00:17:27,622And then we have our ponytail separated.
      00:17:30,315So it's just a slightly different way of doing things
      00:17:34,151and it can be quicker
      00:17:35,136just because you have that option of soloing
      00:17:36,886instead of switching things on and off
      00:17:40,278and trying to figure it out that way.
      00:17:45,184One more thing that I am going to mention before we move on
      00:17:47,786to our second file that we saved out, scene two,
      00:17:51,179is that if you notice
      00:17:52,412After Effects is kind enough
      00:17:54,443to just leave everything there for you
      00:17:57,868and so is the explode shape layers.
      00:17:59,926It can get a bit messy
      00:18:01,355but as you've seen,
      00:18:04,256if you kind of just convert the wrong thing
      00:18:06,795it's nice to know that it's still there for you.
      00:18:10,507You can delete 'em out when you're done,
      00:18:12,512you can leave them there, whatever you choose.
      00:18:14,795You could shy those layers, doesn't matter,
      00:18:17,800but it is kind of a nice safety
      00:18:19,825that they hang around for you.
      00:18:23,709Alright, so now we're going to move into file two.
      00:18:28,745Alright, so in this second file what we're gonna do is
      00:18:31,755if we don't wanna do all of this work
      00:18:34,827kind of reprepping our file over here in After Effects
      00:18:39,392is we're gonna actually prep it in Illustrator
      00:18:43,659and kind of think ahead and plan
      00:18:44,662what would it be that we want to animate.
      00:18:48,095So we are going to abandon scene one
      00:18:51,915and open up, oop, I have scene two already open, perfect.
      00:18:55,691So here's scene two.
      00:18:57,502We're still just on one board right now
      00:19:00,768and we're gonna do that thing where we release the layers
      00:19:04,907into a sequence
      00:19:08,598so now everything is ready to be brought
      00:19:12,075out of that one layer.
      00:19:14,848This is the tedious part,
      00:19:16,640dragging everything out one by one.
      00:19:24,532Alright, and layer three up here is a guide layer.
      00:19:26,950We don't need this anymore
      00:19:28,267so we're just gonna completely get rid of that.
      00:19:32,254So now we need to think ahead,
      00:19:33,320like what parts of these people
      00:19:36,288would we want to animate
      00:19:38,763and how do we want to separate them out?
      00:19:42,070Well we've already decided
      00:19:43,072that we want the girl's ponytail to be separate
      00:19:47,762so what we're going to do is create a new layer
      00:19:50,006and we're just gonna bring that ponytail in there.
      00:19:54,656There we go, caught it that time,
      00:19:57,686and bring it back into its proper place beneath there.
      00:20:02,336So now this will be its own separate layer in After Effects
      00:20:06,176and we're gonna want to do the same thing
      00:20:07,305for any other shapes that we want isolated,
      00:20:11,744so any faces,
      00:20:13,046if want the head to move independently from the neck,
      00:20:16,822the arms to move, the knees to bend at a joint,
      00:20:21,447whatever it is we're gonna go through and separate it now.
      00:20:31,112Alright, so I'm going to do the arm,
      00:20:37,642there's our arm.
      00:20:39,625We're gonna do our hand with, no we'll do the hand separate
      00:20:50,312just in case,
      00:20:53,896and then we want to do the face.
      00:20:55,752Now when you're going to pick up shapes like this
      00:21:00,040and they're grouped together
      00:21:01,555you're gonna want to use the group selection tool.
      00:21:05,370I actually have this hot key set up myself.
      00:21:07,859This is not normally a hot key,
      00:21:10,344I'm just using shift+A for my group selection tool
      00:21:14,376because I do use this quite a bit
      00:21:16,211and it makes it faster for me to have it set up that way.
      00:21:21,779So we want all of these things to gather,
      00:21:23,997get her hair together,
      00:21:28,410so this whole head part's gonna be together
      00:21:30,205and then what we can do to make this a big quicker
      00:21:32,824than just dragging each shape on,
      00:21:35,389control or command + G to group it
      00:21:39,375then drag it into its own layer.
      00:21:44,243So now we have an arm, we have a hand
      00:21:49,512and we have the girl's head.
      00:21:51,091Clearly the girl's head is out of order
      00:21:52,733so we'll throw it back underneath.
      00:21:55,333So that's all we're gonna separate for her.
      00:21:58,493And we'll do this same thing over here for the guy now.
      00:22:04,637Now he's actually drawn a bit different.
      00:22:06,259I wanna point that out really quick.
      00:22:07,901If you wanted this arm to be together
      00:22:09,907you put it on the same layer not,
      00:22:11,933this could be a joint that you could actually animate
      00:22:16,157in After Effects.
      00:22:18,031I also want to mention
      00:22:21,997if you set an anchor point up
      00:22:23,000like a rotate anchor point for example
      00:22:29,848this won't carry over, oh boy,
      00:22:31,811this is a bug in CC2014.
      00:22:34,349I can confirm this has happened to me
      00:22:35,672on more than one computer.
      00:22:37,034I don't know if this is PC or Mac-specific
      00:22:39,448but it freaks out and the anchor point is getting stuck
      00:22:43,117and it won't come off.
      00:22:46,723It's the most annoying thing on earth.
      00:22:49,389I should mention if any of you out there
      00:22:50,816who are watching this have an explanation
      00:22:55,448as to why it's been doing that since the CC2014 update
      00:22:58,691I will be super excited
      00:23:01,933'cause I just don't understand why that happens right now.
      00:23:05,688Alright, so if you did
      00:23:06,691successfully move your anchor point over there
      00:23:10,147After Effects isn't going to carry that data over.
      00:23:12,596You're still gonna have to hit the pan behind
      00:23:13,835and set up that anchor point in After Effects
      00:23:18,592so don't bother with any of that stuff over here,
      00:23:20,491just leave that stuff for when you get
      00:23:22,925into the After Effects side of things.
      00:23:25,378So I'm gonna go in and group this guy off really quick,
      00:23:29,411same thing we did with the lady.
      00:23:31,053So this will speed up a bit for you.
      00:23:38,179Alright, so now he's all kind of grouped off.
      00:23:40,845You've got his arm,
      00:23:42,403I actually might wanna pull that arm shadow over
      00:23:44,472now that I'm thinking about it.
      00:23:46,691That would be something
      00:23:47,693where you might end up redrawing this as another shape
      00:23:50,083to get it to move with this arm
      00:23:53,961or you might mask this in After Effects somehow.
      00:23:57,784You'd have to use some amount of creativity
      00:23:59,555to get that to move properly
      00:24:02,264with the arm if you animated it the way it's drawn in here
      00:24:08,301but we'll throw it in there just in case we want that.
      00:24:15,896And we can always explode that layer later
      00:24:19,075if you needed to.
      00:24:22,401Alright, so we have these pretty well set up.
      00:24:25,389Now you're going to go in
      00:24:26,879and you're going to name everything properly
      00:24:29,421so that you don't confuse yourself
      00:24:31,533or so that you do like often do, apparently.
      00:24:40,109Alright, so now everything's renamed properly,
      00:24:42,499we save the file, command+S, save early, save often.
      00:24:47,316So the file is saved.
      00:24:48,301This thing's ready to go back into After Effects.
      00:24:54,189Okay, so now we're back in After Effects.
      00:24:56,173Let's import our second scene, scene two.
      00:24:59,304We're gonna do composition retain layer sizes again.
      00:25:03,704And we'll give it a second to think about things
      00:25:06,904and there we go.
      00:25:09,165Everything that we split up, all of our layer names
      00:25:12,088are here in After Effects ready for us to animate.
      00:25:16,781Now I wanted to mention that goofy thing that we saw earlier
      00:25:23,309where the background broke when we converted it.
      00:25:26,680So if we go in and create shapes from vector layer again
      00:25:32,205you'll notice two things happened.
      00:25:34,509The first one that I didn't mention before
      00:25:37,112is After Effects will actually jump that layer to the top
      00:25:41,994which can be kind of annoying
      00:25:44,643but you just drag it back down to where it belongs.
      00:25:49,077The other thing is, After Effects does not import
      00:25:53,555gradients from Illustrator.
      00:25:54,943It will not preserve them
      00:25:57,266so you're gonna have to redo any gradients
      00:25:59,765that you have in After Effects
      00:26:03,114whether you're using a ramp
      00:26:04,565or you're using that gradient option
      00:26:06,058that's actually underneath the shape layers here,
      00:26:11,349gradient fill.
      00:26:12,351I personally prefer the ramp
      00:26:13,354so that's just me though.
      00:26:16,743I'm going to get rid of that though
      00:26:17,898because there's not really a reason
      00:26:19,690for me to keep that.
      00:26:21,034I just want to show you guys those do break
      00:26:23,061so plan ahead, either plan to recreate that
      00:26:27,729when you're back in After Effects
      00:26:31,018or just leave those as the Illustrator portions of this.
      00:26:37,010So the other thing that I didn't really mention before
      00:26:40,405might be a little bit weird to demonstrate in this file
      00:26:42,901but it's very very important.
      00:26:46,378We're just gonna zoom up to there.
      00:26:50,153Let's take her coffee
      00:26:54,713and I'm gonna move it out of her hand
      00:26:55,715and I'm gonna scale it up really really really big.
      00:26:58,961Now the whole point of bringing something
      00:27:00,243in from Illustrator,
      00:27:03,333not just because you want nice vector art,
      00:27:05,618is because it will actually scale infinitely
      00:27:09,864and keep redrawing that path.
      00:27:12,467So why does this look like crap right now?
      00:27:15,091It's because we actually have to tell After Effects
      00:27:17,096that we want this to be continuously rasterized
      00:27:22,813which is the same switch as collapse transformation,
      00:27:25,950so you'll notice as soon as I hit that little button there
      00:27:28,893everything goes back to exactly how it should look.
      00:27:32,985So it doesn't automatically turn that on
      00:27:34,948when you bring something in from Illustrator
      00:27:38,493so you're going to have to tell it on each of these layers
      00:27:40,733to continuously rasterize
      00:27:42,504if you plan on making something scaled up larger
      00:27:46,323than 100% when it comes from Illustrator.
      00:27:51,379Now we can just control+Z.
      00:27:54,280Alright, so let's just turn all of our switches back on.
      00:28:00,845Why not?
      00:28:01,937There we go.
      00:28:03,130So that's all taken care of.
      00:28:04,136Now this stuff will scale forever and ever.
      00:28:06,565You can zoom in as close as you want
      00:28:08,014and you won't get crunchy looking edges.
      00:28:11,640The next thing that I want to mention
      00:28:13,881is if you have something really complex
      00:28:19,624going on path-wise
      00:28:24,488and you try to convert it into a shape layer.
      00:28:25,576So on this blackboard
      00:28:26,576if we look in Illustrator
      00:28:30,525this is actually created
      00:28:31,528by using the brush tool in Illustrator
      00:28:35,624so all of these are just these tiny little paths.
      00:28:40,317You can see them here and there's kind of this scratchy look
      00:28:43,432to give it a little bit more of a chalkboard type feel.
      00:28:47,699Now when we go into After Effects
      00:28:50,664and actually try to convert something that complex
      00:28:52,989into a shape layer
      00:28:56,531we're gonna use explode shape layers
      00:29:00,072because I can
      00:29:03,037and we're gonna sit here and we're gonna watch this.
      00:29:08,328Now because I've done this before
      00:29:10,035I know what's going to happen
      00:29:11,592and I'm only gonna let it go so far
      00:29:12,872before I turn it down.
      00:29:18,930And we're gonna hit skip.
      00:29:21,363So you can see it did something
      00:29:23,581and we only got partway through
      00:29:26,056but what the heck is going on here?
      00:29:29,043After Effects is freaking out right now.
      00:29:35,053That's because if you look under contents
      00:29:40,061check out all of those groups, holy crap.
      00:29:45,395There is nothing you can do with that.
      00:29:48,659This is excessive, there are 500 paths here
      00:29:51,325and this thing wasn't even close to done.
      00:29:55,763So don't do that if it's something super super complex.
      00:30:00,304Again, plan ahead, leave that
      00:30:02,393as a actual Illustrator object.
      00:30:06,408Don't try and convert it to a shape
      00:30:08,563because it will have a meltdown on you.
      00:30:12,019I think I let it run a little bit longer
      00:30:14,621in one of my tests
      00:30:15,705and it took (grunts), it was a few minutes
      00:30:18,611and it got to like 2,000 paths.
      00:30:21,778It was something scary like that
      00:30:24,445so again, don't do it.
      00:30:27,663Basically back here in Illustrator
      00:30:30,439I wanted to show you guys kind of what After Effects
      00:30:32,334is actually doing with these paths.
      00:30:34,365If you go under, so we have this selected,
      00:30:38,802we're gonna go under object, expand appearance
      00:30:45,223and this is exactly, probably oh okay, exact approximation.
      00:30:50,386I don't know, I can't say exactly.
      00:30:52,157I'm not that qualified
      00:30:54,096but I can tell you this is what After Effects
      00:30:57,298appears to be doing.
      00:30:58,578It is actually converting all this stuff
      00:31:01,133into just points like this.
      00:31:03,613You could see how that text was just glowing
      00:31:06,429in After Effects.
      00:31:07,431That's because when you convert to a shape layer
      00:31:09,650essentially what it's doing
      00:31:11,677is something like an expand appearance.
      00:31:16,114So that's a good way to figure out
      00:31:17,113if something's overly complicated for After Effects.
      00:31:19,911If you're really not sure and on the fence about it
      00:31:22,258expand the appearance
      00:31:25,181and if it glows like this leave it alone.
      00:31:35,862So the next thing that we're actually going to cover,
      00:31:38,202we're kinda in the home stretch here.
      00:31:39,279I know this is a lot of information to take in
      00:31:42,603so this is why this turned into a two-parter,
      00:31:46,426is going to be type from Illustrator.
      00:31:50,202Now we already set up our scene file over here,
      00:31:53,167scene three, our get some coffee.
      00:31:57,581Oo, I lied, we have two more things to cover
      00:32:00,186but that's alright.
      00:32:04,559So we're gonna do that same thing
      00:32:06,031where we're gonna blast all these out into there.
      00:32:10,810Sequence layers.
      00:32:18,788So now we have our background
      00:32:21,775and we have all of this, we have a blend shape
      00:32:25,295which is something new
      00:32:27,748we haven't talked about
      00:32:28,900and then we have our type
      00:32:31,459and this type right here
      00:32:33,764is just standard, you can come in, still edit this
      00:32:35,642regular old type in Illustrator.
      00:32:44,090Oh dear, I'm just gonna control+Z that.
      00:32:48,097So it looks like I curned something there.
      00:32:52,387So we're gonna save this
      00:32:55,332and we're gonna come in and do scene three now.
      00:33:01,845So same thing, composition retain layer sizes,
      00:33:04,164nothing new there.
      00:33:06,063Open this up.
      00:33:07,663Now I know some of you may know this
      00:33:11,674but from Photoshop you can create shapes from text
      00:33:18,671or create masks from text.
      00:33:21,380You saw that that was a type path.
      00:33:22,383It was fully editable
      00:33:25,391but from Illustrator we can't get
      00:33:28,396that same editing capability that we had in Photoshop.
      00:33:34,074I don't know why.
      00:33:35,076This is something people want
      00:33:36,079but this is the world that we live in.
      00:33:38,656We don't have that.
      00:33:41,775And I didn't name my stuff this time
      00:33:46,404so I'm gonna go in and fix that
      00:33:51,119'cause I'll drive myself crazy.
      00:33:52,548That's our blend shape and that's my background.
      00:33:55,876There we go.
      00:33:57,818Oh, we've missed an R.
      00:33:59,012We're gonna leave it that way though.
      00:34:02,596So the only thing you can,
      00:34:04,410oh, and this gets even more fun actually.
      00:34:08,276You go to create shapes from vector layer
      00:34:10,447on something that was not,
      00:34:12,452if it's a regular editable type layer from Illustrator
      00:34:16,996you get an error.
      00:34:19,279It is empty or unsupported content.
      00:34:23,226So this is another one of those quirks
      00:34:24,463that we kind of have to deal with.
      00:34:28,772Alright, I'm gonna save this.
      00:34:30,735I'm gonna go back over to Illustrator.
      00:34:33,207Now the reason this is happening
      00:34:35,428is because After Effects
      00:34:36,431really just doesn't like type from Illustrator at all.
      00:34:38,612So you're actually gonna have to create outlines
      00:34:40,127if you want to make these into shape layers
      00:34:42,922to be animated.
      00:34:45,354So the hot key for that is
      00:34:49,236would be command, give me a second,
      00:34:51,796command+shift+O or control+shift+O
      00:34:56,937will outline your type.
      00:34:58,639You can also find that under type, create outlines.
      00:35:05,507I know the hot key so I don't really go up there much
      00:35:09,604and now you know the hot key too
      00:35:10,799so you don't have to go up there anymore either.
      00:35:17,380Alright, so we're gonna save this
      00:35:18,382and when we go back into After Effects
      00:35:20,065it automatically updates.
      00:35:21,454Now when you outline the type
      00:35:24,013it moves this.
      00:35:27,510It's probably just measuring this differently now
      00:35:30,624than it was previously
      00:35:32,633so that's why we're getting that offset.
      00:35:34,916So you're just kind of gonna have to move it
      00:35:36,601back into place
      00:35:42,276and then I think it was nudged just slightly over.
      00:35:44,578So it's an easy enough fix.
      00:35:46,841There's no need to go in and reload entire things.
      00:35:54,521So that's taken care of.
      00:35:55,524Now if we want to make that text a shape it'll work.
      00:36:02,368Easy enough.
      00:36:09,433Now, other thing that I wanna talk about really quick
      00:36:14,617is going to be
      00:36:17,198what happens if you forgot a layer.
      00:36:22,101This is super important
      00:36:24,601'cause you don't want to forget things.
      00:36:27,844So let's say we needed another layer in this file
      00:36:32,409and we will just make that,
      00:36:37,636we'll make another text layer.
      00:36:42,201That didn't work out according to plan.
      00:36:46,572Right now.
      00:36:50,585We really need our coffee right now.
      00:36:54,937That we do.
      00:37:00,398There's our text.
      00:37:01,892That's on layer three as it should be.
      00:37:06,478We have our right now
      00:37:09,017in this type face.
      00:37:12,169Well, we outlined our type.
      00:37:17,310That was code bold,
      00:37:22,793yes it was.
      00:37:24,708I remembered what type face I used, code bold,
      00:37:29,321and 'cause I'm a stickler for this kind of stuff
      00:37:31,433I am gonna curn this just a bit.
      00:37:38,132I'm pressing Alt and the arrow keys
      00:37:42,629to curn the type.
      00:37:44,126That's kind of a quick hot key trick
      00:37:48,113that will make you a lot faster at what you do
      00:37:51,316instead of having to go down to that character pallet.
      00:37:54,537I remember when I learned that
      00:37:55,988I was very happy that day.
      00:38:00,702Okay, that's improved.
      00:38:02,878It's much better.
      00:38:04,436It's improved.
      00:38:06,645So we want our coffee right now.
      00:38:10,529We're gonna make it white.
      00:38:11,530We're not gonna put the blend shape behind it.
      00:38:12,921This is just for demonstration purposes only
      00:38:16,526and we're gonna throw this on a new layer
      00:38:18,873and we're gonna save it
      00:38:20,894and we're gonna go back to After Effects
      00:38:23,225and it reloaded, you saw it reload
      00:38:27,108but nothing came in
      00:38:30,500and that's because like Photoshop
      00:38:31,993if you add a layer it's not coming in with it
      00:38:37,781if you save the file.
      00:38:40,341It just completely disregards it.
      00:38:43,115So you would actually have to go in and do,
      00:38:47,040and even if you come up here and you go in
      00:38:49,659and you can't reload the footage,
      00:38:51,883where is it,
      00:38:53,333we want scene three, pardon me, yeah.
      00:38:56,213Even if you reload the footage manually up here
      00:38:58,944it's still not going to bring that in.
      00:39:01,611You can try anything you want.
      00:39:05,237So you're gonna want to import your file.
      00:39:08,905Scene three, composition retain layer sizes.
      00:39:13,513Import that guy and there it is, there's our type.
      00:39:17,967So we can actually going into the scene four
      00:39:20,423and we can pull that type out, layer six.
      00:39:27,860And we can copy and paste it into the new one
      00:39:31,151and that's it.
      00:39:32,350So now it's there.
      00:39:33,907So that's essentially what you'll have to do
      00:39:35,336is you'll have to reimport the file
      00:39:37,897and either pull that layer out
      00:39:40,286or you could always just pull all that stuff
      00:39:42,718out in Illustrator, resave the file, bring the new file in.
      00:39:46,750That's the only way you're getting a new layer in here.
      00:39:51,294Alright, so the last thing that I want to quickly mention,
      00:39:53,811and I promise this one will actually be really quick,
      00:39:56,179is that blend shape that we saw earlier.
      00:40:00,979So if we go in and we convert this to a shape layer
      00:40:03,749we see that dialogue box popping back up again
      00:40:06,931and that's a bad sign
      00:40:08,083because it's thinking way too hard
      00:40:09,491about what it's doing right now.
      00:40:11,834So we're going to hit skip
      00:40:13,583and just not even let it go
      00:40:14,586and you can see this is kind of glowing up here
      00:40:18,302and that's because it just made
      00:40:19,497a ton of paths.
      00:40:23,913So this is kind of a completely impractical thing
      00:40:26,601once again.
      00:40:27,603Don't convert complex blend shapes
      00:40:31,081over into shape layers in After Effects.
      00:40:35,518Just bad things will happen.
      00:40:38,803Plan ahead for that one, too.
      00:40:41,212Hey guys, thanks so much for watching this tutorial.
      00:40:43,049I hope you learned a ton of stuff.
      00:40:44,777If you liked it please go and share it on Facebook,
      00:40:47,571Twitter, wherever it is that you lurk on the internet
      00:40:49,961and I will see you in part two.
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