Importing illustrator files to AE, files appear black?!

New Here ,
Jun 21, 2018 Jun 21, 2018

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Hi, this is pretty urgent,

I've imported illustrator layer files to After Effects as Composition - Retain Layer Sizes, yesterday they were fine, and today they appear black like this:

https://forums.adobe.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/2-8791233-951040/Screen+Shot+2016-06-03+a...

Yes, they are saved as RGB

Yes, I checked "Create PDF Compatible file"

I didn't edit or change their location or anything, I tried copying my artwork into a different AI and saving a new file, it still apears black, and I tried importing it as composition or footage too, still appears black

I also looked all over the internet and others were having this problem too though nothing worked for me

Why is this happening?! please help me I need to finish this project asap!

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Jun 21, 2018 Jun 21, 2018

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Two questions:

1. If you go to the projet panel menu (the 4 horizontal lines) and select 'show thumbnail transparency grid' - what do you see?

2. If you open those exact same files in Illustrator... How do they appear?

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New Here ,
Jun 21, 2018 Jun 21, 2018

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Thanks for your reply,

I actually solved it. I put one of the layers that appeared black in the timeline, and after a minute the artwork appeared. I guess it needed some time to load.

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New Here ,
Jul 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021

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@Mike_Abbott I have the same issue, when I import the AI file in AE all composition are shown black.
I tried all the solutions with no luck.

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Mar 11, 2022 Mar 11, 2022

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Today i has the same issue, i deleted all artworks in my original .ai file and i kept just one artwork. 🙂

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Mar 11, 2022 Mar 11, 2022

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Yes artwork can be an issue as AE will get only the one, good to share

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