Copying/Exporting from After Effects to Illustrator

New Here ,
Jun 04, 2020 Jun 04, 2020

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Hi,

 

I recently did a project in After Effects and without thinking too much I drew out all text and all shapes within after effects directly. Now I have a requirement to send the same layout to print and would like to find the quickest way to get all text from text layers and shapes from shape layers into Illustrator. But I can't seem to find a way to do it and googling only gives results for going from Illustrator to After Effects, not the other way around. I know I messed up, but it would be great to not have to redo everything from scratch because it took almost a week.

 

Any help would be appreciated!

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 04, 2020 Jun 04, 2020

There is no export to AI. You can copy paths and paste them to Illustrator but none of the modified properties of the paths will be brought in. No fill, no stroke, no position, scale, or other values will be brought from After Effects to Illustrator. I don't know of any script that will help. 

 

Your best option would be to export a frame as a Layered PSD file, import that to Illustrator, then start tracing.

 

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Jun 04, 2020 Jun 04, 2020

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There is no export to AI. You can copy paths and paste them to Illustrator but none of the modified properties of the paths will be brought in. No fill, no stroke, no position, scale, or other values will be brought from After Effects to Illustrator. I don't know of any script that will help. 

 

Your best option would be to export a frame as a Layered PSD file, import that to Illustrator, then start tracing.

 

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Thank you Rick, it's as I feared then. Safe to say, I will never make that mistake again :).

 

Have a nice day!

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Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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This response may be a little late, but theres a plug in called Overlord that can push shape layer art from AE to AI and back. It's pretty useful and based on your question, may be what you need.

I hope this isn't too late for you XD

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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Thanks. I even forgot I had that plugin. I couldn't get it to work from AE to AI. Has anyone else had luck exporting a path from After Effects to Illustrator? I tried with a shape layer path and a mask path. Neither worked. 

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