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Tutorial: Illustrator to After Effects Field Manual

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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.


Download the Illustrator to After Effects cheat sheet.

Download the Cheat Sheet