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I tried importing png/svg/eps/ai files from illustrator into animate but it won't let me edit them

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May 26, 2020

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First, I tried to import a png file I had exported from illustrator and I put it onto my timeline in animate cc, but when I tried to erase/edit it didn't make any changes. In more detail, I would drag the eraser tool across my imported file and it would show the white lines being made, but when they disapeared the image was not affected. I am sure I was on the selected layer, so that is not the problem, I don't think. I also tried many other file formats to see if I could edit them. I tried png, svg, eps, ai, and jpg. But everytime I would try to erase it wouldn't let me do it. I also tried 'saving as' instead of exporting, but it didn't make a difference. I cleared up all the warnings when importing the file also. I just don't understand why I cannot edit the image that I have imported. For more clarification, the image I imported was made in illustrator and I drew it with the brush and pencil tools, it also was converted to live paint. I could really use some help, so please, I'm really desperate because this is driving me crazy. I feel like there is probably one thing I am doing wrong, but I just can't figure it out. So mainly, how should I export/import the file so that I can erase/edit it in animate, with a file created in illustrator?

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I tried importing png/svg/eps/ai files from illustrator into animate but it won't let me edit them

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First, I tried to import a png file I had exported from illustrator and I put it onto my timeline in animate cc, but when I tried to erase/edit it didn't make any changes. In more detail, I would drag the eraser tool across my imported file and it would show the white lines being made, but when they disapeared the image was not affected. I am sure I was on the selected layer, so that is not the problem, I don't think. I also tried many other file formats to see if I could edit them. I tried png, svg, eps, ai, and jpg. But everytime I would try to erase it wouldn't let me do it. I also tried 'saving as' instead of exporting, but it didn't make a difference. I cleared up all the warnings when importing the file also. I just don't understand why I cannot edit the image that I have imported. For more clarification, the image I imported was made in illustrator and I drew it with the brush and pencil tools, it also was converted to live paint. I could really use some help, so please, I'm really desperate because this is driving me crazy. I feel like there is probably one thing I am doing wrong, but I just can't figure it out. So mainly, how should I export/import the file so that I can erase/edit it in animate, with a file created in illustrator?

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Hi mate,

 

You have to learn the basics of Animate. 

You have to learn the difference between raster and vector graphics.

 

PNG and JPG are raster formats, while Animate is a vector program. You can break apart the raster file and somehow trim or erase it, but this is not real editing.

SVG and AI can be vector or combine vector and raster elements.

Most likely stuff created in Illustrator will be grouped or some symbols will be created during import.

 

So back to the original statement: You have to learn how to use Animate and then you will be able to adequately interpret the problems you have and solve them.

 

You can begin here: https://helpx.adobe.com/animate/tutorials.html

 

- Nick: Character designer and animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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