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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.
When opening Illustrator for the first time you're greeted with the Illustrator welcome screen, which allows you quick access to recently opened items as well as new document profiles. For animation, you're probably going to be most interested in the profiles for Web Mobile and Devices and Video and Film documents. We're going to use this video and film presets. So I'm going to click on Video and Film Document and it opens up the new document dialog box where I can enter a name for my new document.
So I'm going to call this Document Profiles. Okay, and obviously, we're in the video and film document profile setting. But if you decided to change your mind, you could Choose something else from the list here. Now, we're going to start with one art board. Because I'm in Europe, I'm going to choose PAL D1DV wide screen. We're going to create a wide screen animation. In the advanced section you can also change the transparency grid settings if you prefer a lighter or darker transparency grid you can select that there, you can overwrite the color mode and also the screen resolution and preview mode they can all be set in here. Okay so if I Click on Okay, it will create a new document for me, and here we can see the guides marking our video safe zone, so, action safe zone and title safe zone.
You can use these as guides when you're creating source artwork for your animations. To be sure that your designs adhere to broadcast guidelines you need to make sure that all the text exists within the title safe, which is the inner rectangle if you like. And anything outside those areas may not be visible on screen during broadcast. And all action must remain within the action safe zone, which is this one here. And that will make sure everything's A, visible, and B, readable on screen. We also have cross hairs for the center of the screen marked, as well as ruler increments.
So that's a little bit about your document profiles and you can find out more about them in the online help if you need to do so.
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