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Can you group layers together?

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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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Can you group layers together?

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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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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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So they even don't have proper grouping? They HAD to call it a different way and make it behave in an idiotic way? OMFG Adobe SUXXXXXX...

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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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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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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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Is it still available?

 

Thank you!

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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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