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  • Illustrator Pattern edges visible in AE

    Posted by Claire Presnall on March 15, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    <div>I have a dot pattern background in an illustrator file that looks lovely and normal in AI, but looks like the attached photo in AE. I do a lot of work with dot pattern fill AI files in AE, but I’ve never had this happen before.</div><div>

    This was a file provided by a designer, and I have several other dot pattern swatches, so I just changed to a different one after 15ish minutes of trial and failure (it isn’t perfectly identical, so fingers crossed they don’t notice), but nothing I did with this pattern swatch could fix the issue. I’m not sure if it’s an Illustrator setting or an After Effects problem, I imported my AI files as layer-sized comps, but that’s how I always import AI files.

    Any thoughts on why and how to prevent in the future? Thanks!

    MacPro 2019

    AE 23.0.0</div><div>

    AI 27.0


    Claire Presnall replied 1 year, 2 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
  • 4 Replies
  • Eric Santiago

    March 16, 2023 at 12:55 am

    The pattern was created using a function in Illustrator?
    In the past, any options like that didn’t transfer over.

    Do you need to scale it (vector-wise)?

    If not, just take it into PS and convert it to a high-res PSD.

    Use that instead.

  • Eric Santiago

    March 16, 2023 at 1:02 am

    Wow, I guess its been a long time since Ive tried using patterns created in Illustrator.
    Seems to work for me here and I think its vector.

    I am seeing that weird line though.

  • Chris Voelz

    March 16, 2023 at 2:52 am

    This is a common issue when going from AI to AE. I’d assume that the white lines are where the swatch edges are. Your best bet is to extend the pattern to the width you’re looking for. You will also see this if you have two shapes stacked in AI that are identical sizes. When bringing that into AE the bottom color will bleed through on the edges. I usually chalk this up to going from vector to pixel format. Patterns can also be made easily in AE using the repeater feature in a shape layer.

  • Claire Presnall

    March 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    Hi folks! Thanks for your suggestions.

    Eric, I’d prefer to keep my patterns as vector shapes so I can resize to my (the client’s) heart’s content.

    Chris, it’s definitely the edges of the swatches showing, but I can’t make the issue appear IN AI, so I have to tweak, save, look in AE, make more tweaks in AI, curse at Adobe, check AE, back to AI, dream about moving into a cave and living off the land.

    I’m not building these AI files, they are being built and approved by an agency. I’m not great at AI, but I know enough to get it into AE for animating (usually without issue) and make some tweaks with only minimal cursing (until the last 2 weeks with these stupid dot patterns).

    After this issue popped up again on a new project, I did another search and found this adobe link:

    Honestly, I couldn’t make any of his suggestions work, so I just brute forced it again by swapping out for an older swatch that worked and resizing it so the dots were close to the original size/pattern. I still haven’t figured out why the patterns I’m getting from this one designer aren’t working while the patterns I get from every other designer in this group do and have for years. (Today’s fun pattern issue showed up as a plain white field in the AI pattern windows, but it’s clearly white dots on red in the file, so I couldn’t even see to tweak it in AI). I don’t know enough AI to trouble shoot it, and this seems to be an AI issue more than an AE issue, so I should probably move my question over to that board.

    Thanks again! And if I find a solution that works with my non-AI brain, I’ll come back and share it.

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