How to prepare Illustrator graphics for After Effects

I can't begin to tell you how many Adobe Illustrator files have been passed to me for animation that were clearly not ready for After Effects. The files might contain one giant layer, or were saved with the wrong colour profile. Sometimes they have elements that only partially fit inside the artboard or contain a plethora of other issues that make it impossible to work with in After Effects

It causes a lot of confusion and friction between the illustrator and animator, which isn't a great place to start a project. 

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Jeff is a video editor and animator based in Chicago. He has been an author of creative courses for Pluralsight since 2014, where he emphasises scenario-based learning. His portfolio includes work for: Stouffer's, Groupon, Radio Flyer, Porsche, Howl at the Moon, Four Loko, and State Farm.