I want to join two paths so that their intersection is smooth. However, I want to keep each of the two paths as it’s own later so I can animate the individual paths after in After Effects.

My question: can I join two paths (like miter join etc) while keeping each path layer separate. If not, how might I join two paths but animate each path separately (ie each has its own rotation property, it’s own anchor point in After Effects, etc).

  • Ok thank you. Is there a way I can animate both paths separately while they are joined? Aug 5 '20 at 20:53

Sorry.. but...

You can't.

It is not possible to have one path on two layers.

If you need two layers, then there are no options to join two paths. You need to either keep the two paths as separate objects, or merge to a single layer. Those are really the only options possible.

  • Thank you for answering. Is there a way I can merge the paths into a single layer (so that their intersection is smooth) while animating each path separately in after effects. Aug 5 '20 at 20:54
  • Sorry. no. You either create one path on one layer, or have two paths on two layers. You can't mix and match those options.
    – Scott
    Aug 5 '20 at 20:55
  • For example, I want to have a triangle, where the hypotenuse starts at 0 degrees and then rotates to 45 deg but the other segments to stay fixed. I can consider the hypotenuse and the base segment each as their own later, and animate these layers separately. The problem is where the hypotenuse and base segment intersect is not smooth if I have each as it’s own layer... Aug 5 '20 at 20:57
  • I understand the problem. Unfortunately, I can't detail how to create your animation. Or other possible methods. I can simply confirm the limitations of Illustrator. You can try posing another question with the animation details and that problem.
    – Scott
    Aug 5 '20 at 20:59

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