- [Instructor] The experience of working with multi-layered Illustrator files inside Premiere Pro is going to be the same with all non-linear editing applications at the recording time of this course. So, whether you are using Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer from Avid, DaVinci Resolve, or other tools in the market, when you're going to import a native AI files with layers inside, you will only get the merged image, meaning that you won't have access to the individual layers that you are getting when you are importing a multi-layered PhotoShop file for example.
In some cases, you won't even get that. So if the application that you are using doesn't start with the word Adobe, you're probably going to need to save your Illustrator file as an EPS in order to bring it to your edit bay. This may change in the future, but for now, I want to show you how you can work around in order to help you if you need to animate the individual layers inside Premiere Pro. And as I said, this will work with other tools as well.
Now, After Effects is a different story. And I'm going to show you how to work with it in the next chapter, but for now, let's assume that you don't want or need to involve After Effects in this process and you only want to work with Illustrator and Premiere Pro. So, this is what you should do. So first, make sure that you have a couple of layers inside your Illustrator document. In this case, we have this background layer, and this is, by the way, consists of some mesh gradient.
Then we have the title here. Then we have the arrow layer. And you can see that this layer actually goes beyond the boundaries of this document. I want to bring everything to Premiere Pro, including the information over here, in this case, all of those leftovers, just to make sure that when I'm animating it inside Premiere Pro, I have a little bit of a bleed or a leverage. So what we need to do is make sure to select all the layers, and you can do it by shift clicking on the first and the last, and then assuming that you are using the latest version of Illustrator, you will have in the bottom of the Layers panel a new button.
This is going to send the selection that you've just made to the Asset Export palette. And we don't need to turn on the visibility of this palette. But just in case you are working with the previous version, you can do it by going to the Window menu, and choosing it from here. So in my case, we can see that it is empty at this state. So I'm going to go back to the Layers palette, and then I'm going to click on this button, once again assuming that all the three layers, in my case, are selected, and you can see that Illustrator will go ahead and populate this panel with those three elements.
Now, I'm going to set my export settings to the PNG format, which is going to respect the transparency. And then I'm going to click on the word Export, and I'm going to point it to the chapter one folder in the exercise files. Now, if you are working with me, you will probably see those three elements already there, because I already did it in advance. But I'm going to choose it anyhow, and it's going to ask me if I would like to replace those files. So I'm going to say Replace.
And this is all we need to do. Now we can switch back to Premiere Pro. And here inside Premiere Pro, I'm going to select the Project panel, double click on it in order to involve the Import dialog, and I'm going to select those three files that I've just exported out of Illustrator. The arrow layer, I'm going to hold down Command here on the Mac, this will be Control on the PC, and select the background layer, as well as the title. Now those names are the names of the layers that I created inside Illustrator.
So I'm going to say Import, and I'm going to get those individual layers here inside the Project palette. I'm going to switch my project to icon view, so I can better see what I'm doing. Then I'm going to select the original illustration, just going to tidy up my interface, so we can see the file that I'm using. So this is the merged file, and the reason that I'm starting with it, is just so I will have some sort of a reference how the image should look when it is combined. So I'm going to take and drag it over here to the Timeline.
Note that, in my case, it says no sequences, meaning that Premiere is going to create a sequence respecting the same dimensions of this file, and, in my case, the duration is set to five seconds. I'm going to make a little bit more room to see all the video files over here. And then, back in the Project palette, I'm going to start dragging those files. So I'm going to start with the arrow over here. I'm going to drag it to video number three, in this case, and then I'm going to select the title.
I'm going to drag it above video three in order to create another track automatically. So this is going to be on video number four. And now, before I'm going to drag the background over here, I just needed to realign my layers, because as you can see, when I'm important them as individual files, they are just going to sit in the middle of the frame. They're not going to respect the original design. So I'm going to select the arrow layer. I'm going to switch to the Effect Controls, making sure to select the word Motion, and this is going to allow me to just drag it to place over here on the Program on the top.
And then I'm going to the same for the title. So I'm going to select the layer, and then I'm going to click on the word Motion here in the Effect Controls. Then I'm going to drag it, so it will be on top of the original design. And now I can drag the background layer over here. And just like that, I've managed to create the same design. So this is at least one way to overcome the limitation of Premiere Pro and other editing systems when you want to bring multiple Illustrator layers and rearrange them on the timer.
In the next movie, I'll show you why you want to take this approach in the first place.
- Importing Illustrator files in Premiere Pro
- Animating Illustrator layers with keyframes, transitions, and plugins
- Importing Illustrator files in After Effects
- Creating shapes from vectors
- Extruding vectors
- Auto-animating vector layers with Animation Composer
- Working with Cinema 4D
- Using the CV-ArtSmart and Cineware plugins