AE continues to import Photoshop layers incorrectly

Community Beginner ,
Jun 05, 2017 Jun 05, 2017

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I searched the discussions a bit, but unfortunately couldn't find an answer for this specific problem.

I have never had a problem importing Photoshop layers into AfterEffects before. Today I tried to import a few layers using the File>Import option in AE. They came over just fine after I selected the preferences I normally use (Composition and Merge layers into footage). I double clicked the file as usual so that a new composition with all the layers would show up in the timeline and that's where things went awry. All of my layers only lasted 4 frames each and I couldn't lengthen them as I normally can. Also, rather than the Photoshop icon appearing next to each layer in my timeline, there was this weird image of a landscape where the Photoshop icon should be. I tried creating a new composition that was 52 seconds in length, but they were all still only four frames each and I couldn't get them to budge.

I then tried simply dragging the Photoshop file into AE and double clicking it to start a new composition with all the layers and everything was just fine. The layers were in their proper places and at editable lengths of time and the Photoshop icon was back in place.

I don't mind so much right now since I know that dragging the file still works, but what if that ends up doing the same thing, too? Does anyone know what is happening? Why is AE suddenly doing this when everything was just fine before?

Thanks in advance!

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LEGEND , Jun 05, 2017 Jun 05, 2017
I have not checked or unchecked anything since my last import, and I do not see "Import as a Photoshop Sequence"

if you have file with a name convention such as 1,2,3 in the same folder, Ae will assume automatically that you want to import them as a sequence and will check it for you. on the import dialog box you should see it in the bottom right

on Mac you many need to expand the import dialog to see it.

My layers are not being combined into one, nor are they playing one after the other; they ar
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Jun 05, 2017 Jun 05, 2017

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It sounds too me like you have import as a Photoshop Sequence checked. It's a common rookie mistake.

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Thank you for responding.

I have not checked or unchecked anything since my last import, and I do not see "Import as a Photoshop Sequence" anywhere in my Preferences to uncheck. Upon looking up what an image sequence is, I don't think that's what's happening. My layers are not being combined into one, nor are they playing one after the other; they are still all separate layers. They are simply being placed (as separate layers) to only last four frames (each beginning at 00:00) and I'm unsure of why this is. I am also unsure why the Photoshop icon doesn't appear next to their names as usual.

Everything looks exactly as it should when they are imported, but the layers only last four frames no matter how much I lengthen or shorten the composition and they do not have the Photoshop icon. I can upload a picture if it may help.

Thank you again.

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I have not checked or unchecked anything since my last import, and I do not see "Import as a Photoshop Sequence"

if you have file with a name convention such as 1,2,3 in the same folder, Ae will assume automatically that you want to import them as a sequence and will check it for you. on the import dialog box you should see it in the bottom right

on Mac you many need to expand the import dialog to see it.

My layers are not being combined into one, nor are they playing one after the other; they are still all separate layers.

if you are importing a multilayered file as a sequence by mistake, it won't play as a sequence, you will simply get a composition as a merged layers sequence or a layered composition when each layer is imported as a sequence (depending if you choose footage or composition in the first dialog box)

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Jun 06, 2017 Jun 06, 2017

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Thank you for your input. You were both correct! I was a bit confused by Rick's response, but your expansion of the subject showed me just what I was doing wrong. My layers are numbered as they are part of an animation with many mouth movements, and that is what was causing AfterEffects to react in this manner. Thank you so much! I now realize that I was incorrectly importing the files as a sequence and it will not happen again.

Thank you both for your time!

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LEGEND ,
Jun 06, 2017 Jun 06, 2017

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it can happen and catch up on even veteran users, but now you know why and how to fix it.

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Thank you so much for this explanation - helped me a lot. Had no idea AfterEffects reacted like this to numbered layers.

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That's it, thank you :')

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