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Can you group layers together?

New Here ,
Mar 07, 2013 Mar 07, 2013

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So I'm working with a project that has many, many layers. Is there a way to perhaps group some of the layers together? Like eyes go in a folder and mouths go in another? Maybe there's something I can do in illustrator or photoshop to sort them out?

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Mar 07, 2013 Mar 07, 2013

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Mar 07, 2013 Mar 07, 2013

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It is called Pre-compose. I very useful tool. Select all the layers you want in a group and then choose Layer>Pre-compose or Ctrl/Cmnd + Shift + C. This will give you a new composition with all of your layers. It's kind of like creating a layer group in Photoshop and then making that layer group a smart object.

If you want to keep all the layers in the same comp you can select the ones you want to group and then right click on the little colored box by the layer name and choose a new color for the layers. This makes layers easily selectable (select label group) and then you can use  the shy feature to hide or reveal the selected layers. I use label groups in nearly every project that has more than two or three layers.

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Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

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They have 22,000 employees and billion dollar worths. I suppose all staffs have specific best selected degree. But still adobe has 0 IQ in such cases. I dont know should I even laugh. LOL

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Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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Apple Motion is faaar better than AE. 
I find myself googgling a lot of this basic things thanks to the horrendous and unintuitive interface AE have. Meanwhile in Motion things behave like they have to behave, and it's far more intuitive lol.

I just can't believe this nonsense of not having Groups and having to pre-compose everything, it's so ridiculous.

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Aug 29, 2021 Aug 29, 2021

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Thanks, Will give it a try.

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Mar 07, 2013 Mar 07, 2013

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Depending on what you're doing pre-composing may or may not be the best option.  If you're going to be animating all the layers then I might suggest parenting and working with Shy Layers.  Goodmotion also came out with this plug-in called GM Fold Layers which might be interesting to try out when the new version is released.

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Engaged ,
May 28, 2013 May 28, 2013

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I have released a plugin for Layer Grouping in After Effects also... with the brilliant name 'Layer Groups for After Effects'. Its on AEScripts.

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Nov 22, 2020 Nov 22, 2020

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Is it still available?

 

Thank you!

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Jun 17, 2021 Jun 17, 2021

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"THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED". Bummer of the day, while I'm drowning in Layers upon layer upon layers, because splitting sucks in AE 

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May 28, 2013 May 28, 2013

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An alternative script is "Zorro the Layer Tagger" by Lloyd Alvarez:

http://aescripts.com/zorro-the-layer-tagger/

It allows for filtering layers based on tags.

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