Tutorial packed full of information on how to get your Illustrator Assets into After Effects using Explode Shape Layers (and other techniques). Find out more and download the project files from this video at schoolofmotion.com


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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 Explode Shape Layers 3 is, you can download that here at aescripts + aeplugins

Download everything from this project

 Head over to School of Motion to download the assets. (and find lots of other goodness)

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.