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Working with multiple Ai artboards for animation in Ae

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Mar 22, 2022 Mar 22, 2022

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Hi, I am working on creating an animation that has various parts. This is my first time using after affects. I have already made artboards or various scenes from the animation in illustrator. Now I am trying to import these files into Ae  for animation. 

1. Which is the best way to import files? Should I make a new Ai file for each artboard or should I import the file that contains all the artboards?

2. I tried both versions, but when I open them in Ae the file that contains all artboards only show one of the artboards that I can edit, and when I open individual file, I see the individual file, but for some reasons I cannot select the elements.

Can anyone guide me towards an animation that is made using multiple Ai artboards?

 

Thanks in advance

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Mar 22, 2022 Mar 22, 2022

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In general AE doesn't do well with multiple artboards from Illustrator.

Usually I use the option in ILlustrator's Save As to export each artboard as a separate file. It's on the secondary menu that pop up when you save an Ai file.

I then import the AI files into AE using the Composition (Retain Layer Sizes) option. This will convert the AI file into an AE composition and each layer from AI into a layer in AE.

 

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Artboards are just virtual drawing regions that AE can't interpret. As already pointed out, you should splice out your artboards to individual files. That also has the added benefit of not potentialyl messing up so much if you need to go back and change something.

 

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