Can You Import SVG Into After Effects?

After Effects doesn’t directly import SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) files. After Effects primarily works with raster-based images and videos.

However, there are workarounds you can use to import SVG files into After Effects:

Convert SVG to Shape Layers:

  • Open Adobe Illustrator and import your SVG file.
  • Select the layers you want to export.
  • Copy the selected layers (Ctrl+C or Command+C).
  • In After Effects, create a new composition and paste the copied layers (Ctrl+V or Command+V). After Effects will automatically convert the Illustrator layers into shape layers.

Use Third-Party Plugins:

  • There are third-party plugins available that extend After Effects’ capabilities, allowing you to import and work with SVG files directly. Plugins like “Bodymovin” or “Lottie” can be used to import and work with vector animations in After Effects.


  • Convert your SVG to a raster image format (like PNG) using external tools or software.
  • Import the raster image into After Effects.

After Effects DOES NOT import SVG files directly.