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  • Adobe illustrator shapes to motion 5 shapes

    Posted by Javier Zarracina on August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Has anybody find a way to convert AI shapes or paths into motion’s 5 shapes?
    I know it was an script for an older version of Motion, but doesn’t seem to be working with Motion 5

    Chris Northcross replied 3 years, 5 months ago 12 Members · 24 Replies
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  • Mark Spencer

    August 11, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I would just use the script in Motion 4, then bring the shape into Motion 5.


    Mark Spencer
    Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
    Apple-certified Master Trainer
    Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
    https://www.applemotion.net

  • Javier Zarracina

    August 11, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Thanks Mark. Unfortunately, i’m a new adopter, so i only have Motion 5.
    When I open the .motn archive generated by the script i only get a blank file.
    In any case i hope than someone create a new script or find an easy method to import shapes from AI
    (I’m creating a write-on effect of lines “drawing” the image of a building and i’m finding it difficult to draw the shapes with the Motion vector tools)

  • Mark Spencer

    August 11, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Javier, the script generates a shape object, not a Motion project file. Try importing it into Motion 5.


    Mark Spencer
    Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
    Apple-certified Master Trainer
    Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
    https://www.applemotion.net

  • Javier Zarracina

    August 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    hmmm. The script i’m using is:
    https://www.motionsmarts.com/downloads.html
    and it generates a .motn file.
    When i try to import it as a shape in Motion 5, it dont let me open it.
    (and if i open it as a motion project, is blank)

    Anyway, thanks for your help Mark 🙂

  • Mark Spencer

    August 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Works perfectly for me, I just tested it. Shows up as a shape in the File Browser in Motion 5.


    Mark Spencer
    Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
    Apple-certified Master Trainer
    Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
    https://www.applemotion.net

  • Javier Zarracina

    August 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Of course! the file browser (i’m a fool, i was expecting it to appear in the layers panel)
    Thanks for your help Mark!

  • Safeer Mongam

    February 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

    hello Sir,

    How to create illustrater path as a motion file like vector art,pls help me if u can

  • Mark Spencer

    February 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Motion can import a Illustrator file as .ai or .pdf, then you turn off fixed resolution in order to scale to any size you like with no loss of resolution.

    https://pixelcorps.cachefly.net/mbks_008_540p_h264.mov

    You can also turn any Illustrator path into a Motion shape object:

    https://pixelcorps.cachefly.net/mbks_061_540p_h264.mov


    Mark Spencer
    Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
    Apple-certified Master Trainer
    Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
    https://www.applemotion.net

  • Jim Nelson

    May 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Wow Mark! You did it again. Awesome tutorials. They really came in handy for me today! I’m animating a tree I drew in AI using Motion and was wondering how I’d go from one to the other. I used to use PS as an intermediate and had no idea I could uncheck the fixed res box on a PS file. I thought that was just for PDFs. Heck, now I don’t have to thanks to the plugin. I learn so much with your tuts!

    I still refer back to your Apple Pro Training book on Motion 4.

    Thanks for all you do (free and for profit!).

  • Mark Spencer

    May 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Um – you can’t just uncheck “fixed resolution” on a PSD file – that will only work with a vector file like a .ai or .pdf saved from Illustrator. How did I give the impression it would work on a Photoshop file?


    Mark Spencer
    Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
    Apple-certified Master Trainer
    Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
    https://www.applemotion.net

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