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Quick Tip: AE and Illustrator

After Effects shape layers and paths are basically a vector objects that you can scale endlessly without loosing quality. Everyone knows that After Effects can import vector files, but here are some tips on how to translate vector objects and paths from Illustrator to After Effects shape layers. These three tips will give you much greater control over your vector objects inside After Effects.

Illustrator to After Effects Motion Path

Have you ever tried to create a complex motion path in After Effects? This tip will show you just how well Illustrator and After Effects communicate using a simple copy and paste to the clipboard and transfer illustrations to motion paths in After Effects! Now you can make Illustrator’s powerful drawing tools work as motion path creation tools in After Effects.

Using Illustrator Artwork in After Effects

Learn how to create and prepare artwork in Illustrator for use in After Effects. Learn how to maximize the quality and flexibility of vector graphics in After Effects.

Animating Organic Illustrator Paths in After Effects

Watch how Illustrator and After Effects can be used together to create organic animations using simple masks copied and pasted between the two applications. Also see how the Twirl tool in Illustrator can be used to distort paths and make it look as if “tendrils” are growing outward. This all comes together in After Effects by setting the first vertex and ensuring your blended masks don’t flip inside out.