Adobe Illustrator is often used to create the original artwork used in After Effect projects. But unfortunately, any text created in Adobe Illustrator is not editable when imported into After Effects. That reduces the methods available to edit or animate the text, leaving many After Effect users with the task of remaking the text in After Effects.
Above is the original illustration in Adobe Illustrator, comprised of two layers called text and banner. Let’s take a look how we can import this illustration into After Effects and keep the text editable. The example shown above contains a little bit of text so it might be quicker just to remake the text in After Effects. But we will use the example to demonstrate the method so if you do get an Adobe Illustrator file containing lots of text you’ll know how to do it. Just make sure you have moved your text on to their own layers in Adobe Illustrator.
So here is a workaround with the help of the Adobe Photoshop .psd format…
In Adobe Illustrator:
1. In Adobe Illustrator go to File > Export and choose a destination where you want to save the file
2. Choose the Format > Photoshop (psd)
3. In the Photoshop Export Options panel, ensure that Preserve Text Editability is selected – see below
In Adobe After Effects:
1. In After Effects go to File > Import, select the .psd file and import as a Composition or Composition – Retain Layer Sizes (see above left image above). In the second dialog box, ensure Composition or Composition – Retain Layer Sizes is still selected (see above right image)
2. Next open the composition by, double-clicking on it in the Project panel using the Selection Tool (see above image highlighted in red). The composition will open and you’ll see the layers in the Timeline, as shown below.
3. The text layer has also been converted into a composition (highlighted above in red). Double-clicking on it will allow you to access the text inside.
4. The above image shows the text layer that was inside the composition.
4. Select the layer that contains the text, then go to Layer > Convert to Editable Text (see above).
5. You now have editable text – so you can edit it, animate it and so much more
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