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Why is getting a Vector graphic into Photoshop so dam hard?!!

New Here ,
May 24, 2020

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First some context:

 

I have a 2D drawing that I made in illustrator. 

I want to use the Timeline tool in photoshop to animate it.

I would like to retain the vector path information when I bring the graphic into photoshop to make the animation process easier, as I will be able to just change a few key vector points to get the effect I want.

 

I am absolutely frustrated with how hard it is to bring my graphic between these two adobe products!!!
I really hope I'm just missing something simple. But searching the web and watching several teaching videos has not shown me anyway to do this that does not result in some key feature of being broken or striped form my art.

- Bring it over by copy-paste (Paths)  : I only get the paths information and have to remake the rest of the graphic

-Bring it over by copy-paste (Smart Object) : I cant use the ghost feature of animate cause each time I go to modify the art it kicks me out to Ilustrator

-Bring it over by export/import: The image is converted from a vector to a raster image losing all my vector points.

 

Seriously !?  I'm beyond baffled why it should be this hard between two adobe products 
I really hope someone can point me in a better direction

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Why is getting a Vector graphic into Photoshop so dam hard?!!

New Here ,
May 24, 2020

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First some context:

 

I have a 2D drawing that I made in illustrator. 

I want to use the Timeline tool in photoshop to animate it.

I would like to retain the vector path information when I bring the graphic into photoshop to make the animation process easier, as I will be able to just change a few key vector points to get the effect I want.

 

I am absolutely frustrated with how hard it is to bring my graphic between these two adobe products!!!
I really hope I'm just missing something simple. But searching the web and watching several teaching videos has not shown me anyway to do this that does not result in some key feature of being broken or striped form my art.

- Bring it over by copy-paste (Paths)  : I only get the paths information and have to remake the rest of the graphic

-Bring it over by copy-paste (Smart Object) : I cant use the ghost feature of animate cause each time I go to modify the art it kicks me out to Ilustrator

-Bring it over by export/import: The image is converted from a vector to a raster image losing all my vector points.

 

Seriously !?  I'm beyond baffled why it should be this hard between two adobe products 
I really hope someone can point me in a better direction

#NewCCSubscriberWhoIsBeyondFrustrated
J.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 24, 2020

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All your paths need to be Compound shapes. You can make them that by selecting from the Pathfinder panel's menu.

Also make sure that your paths only have basic fills and only have strokes with round caps, but not dashes or brushes or the like.

In case you want to have more options, don't use Photoshop, but use Animate or After Effects.

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May 24, 2020

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Thank you for the reply.

i have tried this approach also. I get the compound shapes in my layers. However, I am unable to edit or move the vector points (which is what I want to do in different frames of the animation)

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May 24, 2020

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Expanding on what Monika has already said, Photoshop may not be the best option for you. Could you possibly use After Effects which allows you to easily import Illustrator artwork? These imported elements can be converted to native paths within After Effects which allow for individual points to be both moved and animated.

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May 25, 2020

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PS doesn't allow to animate path points, so this is rather pointless to begin with. As suggested by the others you need to move on to After Effects or Animate.

 

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