In this quick tip, we cover the After Effects technique of transforming illustrator art from one shape layer to another by animating the layer path keyframes.
We start off with an example using text, then move on to transforming the adobe illustrator files. I show you how to convert an illustrator file into shape layers, either by the very quick Explode Shape Layers Script, or the traditional time-consuming way.

The script used in this Tutorial:
Explode Shape Layers 3 $29.99:

Learn how to create something like this.

I created an entire video for a client using this same technique. Watch the video link here:
You can even see the sample example I used to transform the rotary phone to the cell phone. I saved a ton of time on this video by purchasing the script. It would have taken forever to copy and paste the individual paths from Illustrator to After Effects for all those illustrations.

I hope you all learned something from this tutorial and it helps inspire you on your next project.


Update 4/24/18: Thanks to a comment from Youtube from GregW0512, I now know a quicker way to open all the paths and a different technique to get your shape layers into ae from illustrator. Comment below.

To get all the paths up quicker click on the layer you want and in the search bar just above type in path and it will show all the mentions of path within that layer. Also if you don’t want to buy the explode shape plugin instead of doing the copy paste method go into illustrator and put everything you want editable on its own layer. Easy way to do this is click on the main layer and click the menu button then choose make to layers (sequence) and then pull them out so no layer is embedded into another. When importing into AE say you want to use a composite (keep layer sizes) then you can right click these layers and create shapes from vectors.

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