Copy Sketch layers to After Effects with Sketch2AE

Animations?

Lessons learned:

  1. Read the instructions on the site carefully and multiple times. Its pretty simple but can be tricky the first couple times.
  2. If you select “copy layers” from the Sketch plugin menu it will ask you to save those layers assets to a folder. I recommend creating a specific motion folder for your project and an assets folder. Keep organized (folder structures) as I dumped everythign in one folder and that was a mistake.
  3. Create comps from your symbols. You can select your entire artboard and import it at once but its sooo much more useful to copy your symbols and other groupings and make your own compositions out of each. I think we already know this but it takes advantage of after effects natural abilities.
  4. DO NOT USE BULLETS IN SKETCH!!! I can’t stress this enough. I had lots of troubles using this program until I went through layer by layer trying to export things into AE. Turns out…it doesn’t like bullet points right now. If you need bullet points then mock up your own (which is probably better anyways since bullets in sketch stink anwyays). ***UPDATE: I also found out that if you copy and paste text over from another program, site, pdf, it may keep some of the previous styling that will be incompatibale with the Sketch2AE plugin.

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Experience Designer @slalom. Founder, designer, and Illustrator @wattle_n_daub. Boring people to death with UX, illustration, typography, and identity design.

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