Animated Character Design with Illustrator
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Placing files via import


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Animated Character Design with Illustrator

with Angie Taylor

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If you've gone through the trouble of setting up a document, you don't really want to use the Open command because that's going to open up a separate document and you're going to lose the template features that you've already set up. For example, the Video Action Safe guides the Transparency Grid multiple views. So, the best thing to do then, is to place a file. Now, the file I got open is placingfiles.ai, which is in Bringing Art Work Into Illustrator folder. And into there, I am going to place a file by going to File > Place. Okay, that's going to open up the Place dialog box where I can choose the file that I want to place, which here I've called File to Place funnily enough. Now, this is a multilayered Photoshop file.

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2h 33m Intermediate Jan 14, 2011

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This workshop from author and animator Angie Taylor teaches how to use Illustrator's tools and features to prepare 2D files for animation in Adobe After Effects. Discover how to make the most of Illustrator's drawing tools and Autotrace feature, and to how use Live Paint and Kuler to recolor artwork. Plus, get a ton of tips and tricks for giving artwork a hand-drawn look and find out how to set up layers, aspect ratios, and transparency options for importing into After Effects. The lessons are focused and solution-oriented, and all the project files are included.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the work area
  • Bringing artwork into Illustrator
  • Tracing artwork manually
  • Creating complex shapes
  • Working with paths
  • Using Live Trace
  • Coloring artwork
  • Applying 3D effects
  • Exporting artboards
  • Options for saving files
Subjects:
3D + Animation Design video2brain
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Angie Taylor

Placing files via import

If you've gone through the trouble of setting up a document, you don't really want to use the Open command because that's going to open up a separate document and you're going to lose the template features that you've already set up. For example, the Video Action Safe guides the Transparency Grid multiple views. So, the best thing to do then, is to place a file. Now, the file I got open is placingfiles.ai, which is in Bringing Art Work Into Illustrator folder. And into there, I am going to place a file by going to File > Place. Okay, that's going to open up the Place dialog box where I can choose the file that I want to place, which here I've called File to Place funnily enough. Now, this is a multilayered Photoshop file.

Now, the difference between opening the file and placing the file is, when you place the file, you don't get the options to bring in multiple layers. It just brings in as a flattened Photoshop file and you can see here I only have one single layer. But that's still the, probably the simplest way to bring an existing image into an existing Illustrator document as a layer. Now, there are other ways of placing the document. You can go up here to the Control panel and click on the Bridge icon to open up Adobe Bridge. And I've got Bridge in compact mode at the moment. In compact mode, it will float above the other applications, and allow you to drag and drop files into the applications from Bridge.

So, that's another way of placing a file. You could take the more traditional approach, and go to the Finder, and just drag the file from the Finder into the document. Now that's a third way of placing an image into your file from Photoshop to Illustrator. Now, the final method I'm going to show you is just to go to Photoshop. And let's just open up our Photoshop window, and here we see Photoshop floating on top of Illustrator. All I'm going to do, I've selected the image, I'm just going to copy it. And then, go back to Illustrator and just paste it in. Okay.

So that's four ways of placing a file from Photoshop into Illustrator. I'm now ready to trace the image and start creating my character for my animation.

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