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Red box on every symbol imported from illustrator in Animate 2019

New Here ,
Jan 02, 2019 Jan 02, 2019

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Every time I import artwork from illustrator into animate I have to now delete this annoying red box, any idea how to stop these red rectriangle layers? never had this problem in 2018 animate..

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Community Expert ,
Jan 02, 2019 Jan 02, 2019

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These are masks that are created in an attempt to keep the original integrity of the AI artwork I believe. The only way to delete them is to double-click until you get to where it is nested with the symbols and then simply delete the mask layers they reside in. You might be able to avoid them if you import as a flattened image but you need to test that.


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New Here ,
Jan 02, 2019 Jan 02, 2019

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Thanks but I know how to delete them. What im wondering is is there an option to stop these masks appearing in the first place. I deal with hundreds of symbols and it slows down my work flow

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Community Expert ,
Jan 02, 2019 Jan 02, 2019

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You should be able to just copy your artwork from illustrator and past right into Animate now. That should stop the red box. Are you doing masks in illustrator? If so you just expand everything in illustrator first then that should also stop the red box.

These are just some solution I could come up with.

Good luck!

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New Here ,
Jan 02, 2019 Jan 02, 2019

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It even happens with artwork that doesnt use clipping masks

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Community Expert ,
Jan 03, 2019 Jan 03, 2019

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What if you try deselecting "Apply recommended import settings..."?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 04, 2019 Jan 04, 2019

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This started to happen to me too. It seems to happen when your versions of Flash and Illustrator are not in sync. I just updated Flash to 2019 (from 2018) and now when I copy and paste from Illustrator into Flash it doesn't bring along all of those awful clipping masks.

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New Here ,
Jan 11, 2019 Jan 11, 2019

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Still happening.

Also tried with illustrator 2019 to aniamte 2018

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 22, 2019 Jan 22, 2019

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Am checking with the team. Will get back as soon as I hear from them.

Thanks,

Preran

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Community Expert ,
Jan 03, 2019 Jan 03, 2019

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It doesn't avoid the red box/mask for me. Copy/paste still imports the same.


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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 22, 2019 Jan 22, 2019

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Hi,

Could you please let us know the following

1. Are you facing this issue on Windows or Mac?

2. Animate and Illustrator build number

3. Sample .ai file importing which in Animate leads to this issue

Thanks!

Mohan

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New Here ,
Jan 30, 2019 Jan 30, 2019

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Ive given up on this.. sorry just going to use 2018

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Community Expert ,
Jan 30, 2019 Jan 30, 2019

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Hi.

While the Animate team doesn't come up with a solution for this, I have a script here that can - or at least should - delete all layers from all selected symbols in the Library.

So all you have to do is:

- To import your Illustrator file;

- Select all symbols (movie clips) from the folder that Animate CC creates for the imported Illustrator artwork in the Library;

- Run the JSFL script below by double clicking it or by dragging and dropping it over the Animate IDE or by going to Commands > Run Command....

Figure showing the Library panel with selected symbols imported from Illustrator

It should remove all mask layers.

JSFL Script Remove All Maks Layers:

animate_cc_jsfl_remove_mask_layers.zip - Google Drive

JSFL script code for reference only:

function deleteAllMasks()
{
    var doc;
    var lib;

    doc = fl.getDocumentDOM();

    if (!doc)
    {
        alert("Please open an FLA first.");
        return;
    }

    lib = doc.library;

    lib.getSelectedItems().forEach(function(item)
    {
        if (item.itemType == "movie clip")
        {
            var layers = item.timeline.layers;
           
            layers.forEach(function(layer, index)
            {
                if (layer.layerType == "mask")
                    item.timeline.deleteLayer(index);
            });
        }
    });
}

deleteAllMasks();

Please let us know if it works.

Regards,

JC

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 10, 2021 Dec 10, 2021

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This also happens to me.  I use a Mac.  I hope they find a fix. 

 

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New Here ,
Feb 28, 2024 Feb 28, 2024

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Its incredibly late for this discussion board. But if you have the same problem now with the same or newer versions of Adobe Animate. You can save the Adobe Illistrator file to how you want it, then "File" "Import to stage" in Animate. All Symbols will be placed in there spots as is in there full glory. No red Squares. Or buggy Symbols.


Saves a lot of head ache for the more Intense or complicated Character puppets.

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Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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thanks for that suggestion @Virtual5EDB 

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