A mystical portal between the apps you use daily

Overlord is the thickening of the aether between the silos of visual creation. It is the unspoken language of the cosmos that breathes life into vision.

It is the manifestation of all that has come before and all the potential branches that could be.

Wait. what?

Overlord is an invisible connection between Adobe Illustrator and After Effects. Draw stuff in Ai and send it to Ae as shape layers with a click.

It's really simple because this work is really complicated we could all use a break.

Why don't you talk normal?

I don't know. It's probably insecurity.

Superfast overview
Design by David Stanfield @ Igor and Valentine

What's new?

What's new?

What's new?

Since the dawn of the Overlord in 2017 the workflows of an entire generation of motion designers were forever changed. After Effects has changed and v2 has responded with increased:

simplicity

Fewer options and greater understanding about your project, with even smarter ways to work between your favorite design apps.

TL:DR

It's an app

Which seems like overkill right now. But it provides:

  • With faster and more reliable connections

  • More room to grow

  • Easier to update

Built for the future

Overlord is growing beyond an Ai → Ae vector workflow.

The number of creative apps seems to grow daily. We are committed to connecting as many production tools as possible to make it easier to deliver your best work.

That might save your life

Adventure awaits

Adventure awaits

Adventure awaits

An illustrator just forwarded you a disorganized file:

Design_v2_finalFinal_v3.ai

Now you have to start animating.

What do you do?

A)

Import Ai file

After importing you convert vector layers to shape layers, then split them into usable bits, but you mostly have to redraw everything.

B)

Use Overlord

Select what you need in the open Ai file and click to send to Ae as shape layers.

You chose wisely
↓ Continue brave warrior ↓

Because of a poor workflow
↓ There is much to learn ↓

An illustrator just forwarded you a disorganized file:

Design_v2_finalFinal_v3.ai

Now you have to start animating.

What do you do?

A)

Import Ai file

After importing you convert vector layers to shape layers, then split them into usable bits, but you mostly have to redraw everything.

B)

Use Overlord

Select what you need in the open Ai file and click to send to Ae as shape layers.

You chose wisely
↓ Continue brave warrior ↓

Because of a poor workflow
↓ There is much to learn ↓

An illustrator just forwarded you a disorganized file:

Design_v2_finalFinal_v3.ai

Now you have to start animating.

What do you do?

A)

Import Ai file

After importing you convert vector layers to shape layers, then split them into usable bits, but you mostly have to redraw everything.

B)

Use Overlord

Select what you need in the open Ai file and click to send to Ae as shape layers.

You chose wisely
↓ Continue brave warrior ↓

Because of a poor workflow
↓ There is much to learn ↓

one-time

purchase

one-time

purchase

one-time

purchase

because
subscriptions
are lame

because
subscriptions
are lame

because
subscriptions
are lame

Buy once and use it until the heat death of the universe, or while all your creative apps and hardware support it. Whichever explodes first.

We will release new features as long as moving layers between creative apps is challenging. When you buy an Overlord license, you get the current version and one year of feature updates.

See a new feature that could make your work and life better but your license expired? Renew your license. It's super easy.

Is your work still flowing with the copy you bought in 2020? cool. no pressure.

perpetual

license

But that's impossible

But that's impossible

But that's impossible

Overlord unlocks a new world of elemental wonder from your Illustrator files that have never been available in After Effects with the standard .ai file import.

Gradients

Linear and radial gradients are supported for the first time in the history of ever.

No more grey rectangles.

Note: Freeform and mesh gradients cannot be drawn by Ae shape layers.

Gradients

Linear and radial gradients are supported for the first time in the history of ever.

No more grey rectangles.

Note: Freeform and mesh gradients cannot be drawn by Ae shape layers.

Gradients

Linear and radial gradients are supported for the first time in the history of ever.

No more grey rectangles.

Note: Freeform and mesh gradients cannot be drawn by Ae shape layers.

Editable text

Ai text layers become Ae text layers, ready to edit. Because that just makes sense.

Editable text

Ai text layers become Ae text layers, ready to edit. Because that just makes sense.

Editable text

Ai text layers become Ae text layers, ready to edit. Because that just makes sense.

Split layers

Instead of creating rigid layers in Ai, simply select elements and transfer to Ae as individual layers.

Names also get transferred.

Split layers

Instead of creating rigid layers in Ai, simply select elements and transfer to Ae as individual layers.

Names also get transferred.

Split layers

Instead of creating rigid layers in Ai, simply select elements and transfer to Ae as individual layers.

Names also get transferred.

Everything else

Many elements that were once lost:

  • Parametric rectangles and ellipses

  • Clipping masks

  • Color swatches

  • Guide layers

  • Matching artboards and comps

Everything else

Many elements that were once lost:

  • Parametric rectangles and ellipses

  • Clipping masks

  • Color swatches

  • Guide layers

  • Matching artboards and comps

Everything else

Many elements that were once lost:

  • Parametric rectangles and ellipses

  • Clipping masks

  • Color swatches

  • Guide layers

  • Matching artboards and comps

Voices of the elders

Voices of the elders

Voices of the elders

  • Ben Marriott

    benmarriott.com
    Motion designer & illustrator

    No other plugin has improved my workflow like Overlord. Being able to use all of the design tools in Illustrator and having the result appear in After Effects is a dream.

    Overlord is one of the very few plugins I'd recommend in a heartbeat.

  • Emonee LaRussa

    @em0n33y
    Motion Graphics Artist

    I have been using Overlord since 2019 and it's honestly been a game changer for me! I now can't imagine an illustrator + after effects workflow without it!!!

  • Joey Korenman

    School of Motion
    CEO + Founder

    After using Overlord for years, it's hard to imagine a time when it didn't exist. How on earth did we put up with the excruciating default workflow for so long? Nothing else on the market even comes close in terms of the amount of time this plugin can save you.

  • Jayse Hansen

    jayse.io
    Film FUI designer

    A single fictional user interface or hologram will typically have thousands of continually updated elements. Overlord allows us to keep pace with our extreme deadlines on feature films. It's one of the very few plugins I would consider absolutely priceless.

  • Austin Bauwens

    Ravie
    Co-founder

    I only use a handful of plugins, but Overlord is far and away my quickest recommendation for anyone using After Effects. I've saved countless hours and made much better work because of it.

  • Jordan Scott

    j-scott.com
    Freelance animator

    Overlord, what Adobe wishes they made.

  • Austin Bauwens

    Ravie
    Co-founder

    I only use a handful of plugins, but Overlord is far and away my quickest recommendation for anyone using After Effects. I've saved countless hours and made much better work because of it.

  • Jayse Hansen

    jayse.io
    Film FUI designer

    A single fictional user interface or hologram will typically have thousands of continually updated elements. Overlord allows us to keep pace with our extreme deadlines on feature films. It's one of the very few plugins I would consider absolutely priceless.

  • Joey Korenman

    School of Motion
    CEO + Founder

    After using Overlord for years, it's hard to imagine a time when it didn't exist. How on earth did we put up with the excruciating default workflow for so long? Nothing else on the market even comes close in terms of the amount of time this plugin can save you.

  • Emonee LaRussa

    @em0n33y
    Motion Graphics Artist

    I have been using Overlord since 2019 and it's honestly been a game changer for me! I now can't imagine an illustrator + after effects workflow without it!!!

  • Ben Marriott

    benmarriott.com
    Motion designer & illustrator

    No other plugin has improved my workflow like Overlord. Being able to use all of the design tools in Illustrator and having the result appear in After Effects is a dream.

    Overlord is one of the very few plugins I'd recommend in a heartbeat.

  • Jordan Scott

    j-scott.com
    Freelance animator

    Overlord, what Adobe wishes they made.

  • Ben Marriott

    benmarriott.com
    Motion designer & illustrator

    No other plugin has improved my workflow like Overlord. Being able to use all of the design tools in Illustrator and having the result appear in After Effects is a dream.

    Overlord is one of the very few plugins I'd recommend in a heartbeat.

  • Emonee LaRussa

    @em0n33y
    Motion Graphics Artist

    I have been using Overlord since 2019 and it's honestly been a game changer for me! I now can't imagine an illustrator + after effects workflow without it!!!

  • Joey Korenman

    School of Motion
    CEO + Founder

    After using Overlord for years, it's hard to imagine a time when it didn't exist. How on earth did we put up with the excruciating default workflow for so long? Nothing else on the market even comes close in terms of the amount of time this plugin can save you.

  • Austin Bauwens

    Ravie
    Co-founder

    I only use a handful of plugins, but Overlord is far and away my quickest recommendation for anyone using After Effects. I've saved countless hours and made much better work because of it.

  • Jayse Hansen

    jayse.io
    Film FUI designer

    A single fictional user interface or hologram will typically have thousands of continually updated elements. Overlord allows us to keep pace with our extreme deadlines on feature films. It's one of the very few plugins I would consider absolutely priceless.

  • Jordan Scott

    j-scott.com
    Freelance animator

    Overlord, what Adobe wishes they made.

Roadmap

Roadmap

Roadmap

We are unbelievably excited about what this new system allows us to build into Overlord. New things are here and more are on the horizon.

Past

Recent releases

boost

Speed increase

boost

Speed increase

boost

Speed increase

new

Non-destructive shape expand

new

Non-destructive shape expand

new

Non-destructive shape expand

fix

Gradient endpoints

fix

Gradient endpoints

fix

Gradient endpoints

boost

Layer count increase

boost

Layer count increase

boost

Layer count increase

boost

Large canvas support

boost

Large canvas support

boost

Large canvas support

fix

Clipping masks

fix

Clipping masks

fix

Clipping masks

fix

Text on a path

fix

Text on a path

fix

Text on a path

Present

In development

new

Import Illustrator files

new

Import Illustrator files

new

Import Illustrator files

new

Per-character styling

new

Per-character styling

new

Per-character styling

new

KBar control

new

KBar control

new

KBar control

new

Image export

new

Image export

new

Image export

new

Rasterize elements

new

Rasterize elements

new

Rasterize elements

Future

6-12 months

connection

Figma

connection

Figma

connection

Figma

fix

Rebuild Ae → Ai

fix

Rebuild Ae → Ai

fix

Rebuild Ae → Ai

new

Keyboard shortcuts

new

Keyboard shortcuts

new

Keyboard shortcuts

connection

Photoshop

connection

Photoshop

connection

Photoshop

Dreams

connection

Blender

connection

Blender

connection

Blender

connection

Affinity

connection

Affinity

connection

Affinity

connection

Rive

connection

Rive

connection

Rive

connection

Cavalry

connection

Cavalry

connection

Cavalry

connection

Everything

connection

Everything

connection

Everything

Common questions

Common questions

Common questions

Creative

Can it send images?

Can it send images?

Can it send images?

Is my art private?

Is my art private?

Is my art private?

Technical

Why is Overlord an app?

Why is Overlord an app?

Why is Overlord an app?

Is an internet connection required?

Is an internet connection required?

Is an internet connection required?

Does this work with __?

Does this work with __?

Does this work with __?

License

Is it a free upgrade?

Is it a free upgrade?

Is it a free upgrade?

Is this a subscription?

Is this a subscription?

Is this a subscription?

Can I use it on 2 computers?

Can I use it on 2 computers?

Can I use it on 2 computers?

Overlord's underlings

The worlds of creation are joined and it only gets better with collaborators

Rubberhose

Design a character in Illustrator and send it directly into After Effects, then use a powerful set of build tools to convert paths to hoses or add bones to bring poses to life.

Void

Group layers intuitively as you work. Selected layers are automatically parented for easy movement. With Voids, 2D Position properties in the newly created shape layers can now be linked to control layers.

Anubis

As easily as Overlord sends shapes into After Effects, render out MP4s with Anubis. Automatic path and file naming and the cleanest video files you've ever seen on the web.

Rubberhose

Overlord's underlings

The worlds of creation are joined and it only gets better with collaborators

Rubberhose

Design a character in Illustrator and send it directly into After Effects, then use a powerful set of build tools to convert paths to hoses or add bones to bring poses to life.

Void

Group layers intuitively as you work. Selected layers are automatically parented for easy movement. With Voids, 2D Position properties in the newly created shape layers can now be linked to control layers.

Anubis

As easily as Overlord sends shapes into After Effects, render out MP4s with Anubis. Automatic path and file naming and the cleanest video files you've ever seen on the web.

Rubberhose

Overlord's underlings

The worlds of creation are joined and it only gets better with collaborators

Rubberhose

Design a character in Illustrator and send it directly into After Effects, then use a powerful set of build tools to convert paths to hoses or add bones to bring poses to life.

Void

Group layers intuitively as you work. Selected layers are automatically parented for easy movement. With Voids, 2D Position properties in the newly created shape layers can now be linked to control layers.

Anubis

As easily as Overlord sends shapes into After Effects, render out MP4s with Anubis. Automatic path and file naming and the cleanest video files you've ever seen on the web.

Specs

Price

$75.00 USD

plus taxes if required

Compatible host app

Adobe After Effects and Illustrator
CC 2022 and newer (including the latest)

Install type

Desktop app (how to install)

OS support

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 22H2 or later

  • macOS Monterey (version 12) or later

Licensing

Each license allows for 2 machines used by a single user

Languages

English

Network connection

An internet connection is not required to use, but is needed to authenticate. Contact us for details in unlocking on an offline machine.

Support

  • Contact us directly for license support

  • Connect with the community on Discord for tech and creative support

Specs

Price

$75.00 USD

plus taxes if required

Compatible host app

Adobe After Effects and Illustrator
CC 2022 and newer (including the latest)

Install type

Desktop app (how to install)

OS support

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 22H2 or later

  • macOS Monterey (version 12) or later

Licensing

Each license allows for 2 machines used by a single user

Languages

English

Network connection

An internet connection is not required to use, but is needed to authenticate. Contact us for details in unlocking on an offline machine.

Support

  • Contact us directly for license support

  • Connect with the community on Discord for tech and creative support

Specs

Price

$75.00 USD

plus taxes if required

Compatible host app

Adobe After Effects and Illustrator
CC 2022 and newer (including the latest)

Install type

Desktop app (how to install)

OS support

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 22H2 or later

  • macOS Monterey (version 12) or later

Licensing

Each license allows for 2 machines used by a single user

Languages

English

Network connection

An internet connection is not required to use, but is needed to authenticate. Contact us for details in unlocking on an offline machine.

Support

  • Contact us directly for license support

  • Connect with the community on Discord for tech and creative support