can you do simple animations in Illustrator?

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Hi all, I'm learning Illustrator and can use the basics. Is there a way to do really simple animations on there? Like changing the background colour to flash between two different colours etc?

 

Basically trying to figure out how to do very simple animations myself for my instagram feed. Researched but the way I thought doesnt seem to be possible anymore.

 

Thansk so much for your wisdom :o) x

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Adobe Employee , May 09, 2022 May 09, 2022
Hello @Nicola5E69, Thanks for reaching out. You can make simple animations using Illustrator and Photoshop together. Kindly have a look at this tutorial for getting started (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kZSTnF6tJ0). Please update this thread if you need further assistance. Thanks, Anubhav

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Hello @Nicola5E69,

 

Thanks for reaching out. You can make simple animations using Illustrator and Photoshop together. Kindly have a look at this tutorial for getting started (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kZSTnF6tJ0).

 

Please update this thread if you need further assistance.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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Use photoshop for simple gif animations. Use the window >> timeline > Create Frame Animation, then file >> save for web legacy check animation

 

Illustrator can not export to an animated format, and also does not have a timeline. Feel free though to copy Ilustrator items as smart objects into photoshop, this way you can scale to infinity.

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Hi. Illustrator doesn't have native tools or functions for animation. You can try Adobe Animate.

 

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The simple answer is no, there is no animation within Illustrator itself. You need to take the assets you have made into another program to animate and then the choice of program is up to you - Photoshop, Animate, Adobe Creative Cloud Express would be ideal for Instagram animations (similar to Canva).

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Well, it is not so long ago when Illustrator still allowed you to export layers as .swf frames to create simple animations (I think it worked up to Illustrator 2020). Then all you need is a .swf to .gif converter, for example, or something else that may convert it to another file format that supports animations.

 

Of course, you may also dare to tackle the very famous SVG Interactivity palette in Illustrator and then do something else with it.

 

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