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When AI exports several artboards with JPG images, after importing AE, these layers are only displayed as the same in AE?CC 2017 2018 2019

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If you are preparing Illustrator files for video production you should only have one artboard and all of the elements must be inside that artboard.

Each element you want to animate must be on a separate primary layer.

Any element (line) you want to convert to a shape layer in After Effects must have no effects, gradients, or brush strokes applied if you want to retain the color, stroke and fill characteristics.

Any layer you want to continuously rasterize in After Effects (sharp, antialiased edges at any scale) must have no raster effects (blur, drop shadow, etc.) applied to the object.

You must be careful to choose the right options when you import an Illustrator file to make sure that the layers end up the right size and with the anchor point in the right place.

If you choose to import as a sequence you must follow the appropriate naming conventions, have sequential images set up and make sure that the frame rate interpretation matches your desired frame rate.

If layers are not visible or you are having other import failures then the AI file was probably not saved as a PDF compatible file. You fix this by using the Save As command and selecting the proper option in the Save As panel.

In the current builds of AE from CS6 to CC 2019, I do not know of any bugs that sound anything like the problem you are having so there is a very high likelihood that the problem is user error caused by not following the published recommendations for preparing artwork or the published workflow for working with vector graphics.

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When AI exports several artboards with JPG images, after importing AE, these layers are only displayed as the same in AE?CC 2017 2018 2019

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Correct answer by Rick Gerard | Adobe Community Professional

If you are preparing Illustrator files for video production you should only have one artboard and all of the elements must be inside that artboard.

Each element you want to animate must be on a separate primary layer.

Any element (line) you want to convert to a shape layer in After Effects must have no effects, gradients, or brush strokes applied if you want to retain the color, stroke and fill characteristics.

Any layer you want to continuously rasterize in After Effects (sharp, antialiased edges at any scale) must have no raster effects (blur, drop shadow, etc.) applied to the object.

You must be careful to choose the right options when you import an Illustrator file to make sure that the layers end up the right size and with the anchor point in the right place.

If you choose to import as a sequence you must follow the appropriate naming conventions, have sequential images set up and make sure that the frame rate interpretation matches your desired frame rate.

If layers are not visible or you are having other import failures then the AI file was probably not saved as a PDF compatible file. You fix this by using the Save As command and selecting the proper option in the Save As panel.

In the current builds of AE from CS6 to CC 2019, I do not know of any bugs that sound anything like the problem you are having so there is a very high likelihood that the problem is user error caused by not following the published recommendations for preparing artwork or the published workflow for working with vector graphics.

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Could you clarify. Does your imported image is flat - not layered, or you can't see more tha one artboard or what? Whether this is first or second scenario or some other - I think that you have this issues because your file in AI is not prepared as it should be to work correctly in AE. That link should help you: Preparing and importing still images in After Effects

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i think you mean when you import all images you only see one image (same image)? if this is your question it happen because your image imported as sequence images, so you need to deselect sequence when you import you image to be able to see each image separately

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If you are preparing Illustrator files for video production you should only have one artboard and all of the elements must be inside that artboard.

Each element you want to animate must be on a separate primary layer.

Any element (line) you want to convert to a shape layer in After Effects must have no effects, gradients, or brush strokes applied if you want to retain the color, stroke and fill characteristics.

Any layer you want to continuously rasterize in After Effects (sharp, antialiased edges at any scale) must have no raster effects (blur, drop shadow, etc.) applied to the object.

You must be careful to choose the right options when you import an Illustrator file to make sure that the layers end up the right size and with the anchor point in the right place.

If you choose to import as a sequence you must follow the appropriate naming conventions, have sequential images set up and make sure that the frame rate interpretation matches your desired frame rate.

If layers are not visible or you are having other import failures then the AI file was probably not saved as a PDF compatible file. You fix this by using the Save As command and selecting the proper option in the Save As panel.

In the current builds of AE from CS6 to CC 2019, I do not know of any bugs that sound anything like the problem you are having so there is a very high likelihood that the problem is user error caused by not following the published recommendations for preparing artwork or the published workflow for working with vector graphics.

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This answer doesn't help! This is about importing JPGs or PNGs in AE that were created in AI. For example I draw a storyboard with maybe 40 panels (in AI Artboards), and now I export the artboards as JPGs. I import these into inDesign to create a storyboard, works fine. I import the same jpgs into AE, and all 40 JPGs show the image of the first artboard. How is that even possible?????? In the older version I could at least import those JPGs into Photoshop layers, and then import the PSD to AE and that worked. In AE2020 even that stopped working!!! AE now only imports only one layer of the PSD. And I tryed it with the layers as smart objects and also with rasterized layers. Thats crap, a JPG should be a JPG and I should be able to import that into AE! So: what is wrong?????

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I have the same issue with mine 2020. I have 20 different artbords that were exported as JPG files, so when I add those JPGs to my AE composition they all presented as one. Like I uploaded 20 copies of the same graphs, even though the size of each is differnt. Any thoughts??

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I've had the exact same issue since 2018. Jpeg exports from Illustrator appear as the exact same file or frame after being imported into After Effects. The only workaround I've found is re-batching those exported jpegs through Photoshop. 

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Yes, I had to do that too! The problem was that I needed more than 20 images. Very anoying and clearly a bug. 

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The top Answer is incorrect. I don't think he understands the question. It's about JPEG (or PNG) exports, not native Illustrator files being imported into AE.

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i had this exact same problem... exporting artboards to jpeg files fom illustrator (using save for screens), then importing them into after effects. if i preview the jpeg files in the operating system, or open them, they are correct – however, import them into after effects, and they all preview and render as if they were all the same first image. re-saving from photoshop, or using a compression tool (like image optim) fixes the issue. so, i *think* this may be a metadata issue with illustrator, and after effets is not parsing the files because of the header/metadaa in the file. i have no proof of this – it is just a guess.

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