when i import photoshop or character animator images with layers into illustrator the layers parent

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Nov 22, 2021 Nov 22, 2021

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Hello everyone this  is my first time posting here and im a little at my whits end.

ive made different layers in photoshop for animator and when i import the layers into illustrator or character animator the already done layers are parented AGAIN!

please help 

thanks so much 

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If its a PSD file don't worry about it - I think it does that at times (I normally use Illustrator). But you will need to create a deeper hierarchy to represent the puppet structure. The nesting of groups is important to Character animator to work out how things related to each other. You might have a look at some of the sample puppets to see how they are normally structured (pick a simple puppet first, not Sticky!).

 

For example, you might have a group called +MyCharacter. Inside that put a "Head" group. Inside that draw the artwork for the face and add a "Mouth" group. Then all the different mouth expressions go under that (with the exact names of the mouth visemes). Then CH will know how to speak - because it looks for Head -> Mouth -> Visemes.

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