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This lovely PSD file (350 Perfect Icons -- brankic1979) consists of a high number of beautiful icon elements that were originally masked in photoshop. I want to be able to import vector files into After Effects eventually. The vector information IS in the PS file as a path, but importing form PS into AE will not retain vector functionality. So here's where I ended up:
- I opened the file in Illustrator.
- Created Objects From Layers from the box that popped up.
- I went through each layer and deleted the BG of the mask.
Now I'm left with the shape object paths, but each object/group is in a separate layer. When I select all, and try to apply a swatch. Not only does it not work, but if I have some objects colored, they will lose that color, and go back to empty. SOMETHING is working, but in an "inverted" way, maybe?
How can I fill in all these empty shape layers with one color, all at once?
EDIT NOTE: This edit was in response to the confusion of my post, I had not mentioned ANYTHING about illustrator before (as you can see in Scott's response.
*SOLUTION*The solution from him is to simply, one by one, select which elements I want from the PSD file, copy and paste into AI, and then color from there. Thanks Scott for everything! Give props everyone.