Don’t Forget About “More Accurate” EPS Options in After Effects

Working with Adobe Illustrator assets in After Effects is an integral part of motion graphics workflow. Thankfully the two applications work nice with each other (although there is some room for improvement).

Have you ever had a .eps or Adobe Illustrator file flicker when you render it?

Most know about putting a tick in the “Continuously Rasterize” switch, which does a bunch of stuff for that layer, as well as making it look better. Sometimes though, that might not be enough. In After Effects you can change the anti aliasing settings for a vector asset.

Why is this a thing? The Pixel Lab’s Joren Kandel shows one instance when you might want to consider a better AA scheme. There are times when the frame rate, size and resolution of the viewer can play tricks on you with Illustrator artwork, even if you have the Continuously Rasterize switch on. Sometimes turning it of will help, but that’s not recommended. What you need are EPS Options.

If you use Ae’s interpret footage, and click the “More Options” button under EPS Options for that asset, you can then change the Antialiasing from “faster” to “More Accurate”. This might slow down things a bit. Depending on how heavy your scene is, you might take a performance hit. Nonetheless, it’s a great setting to know about if you find some jittery things happening where they shouldn’t be.

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