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  • Armand Bakx

    January 26, 2022 at 3:30 pm


    I’m working in an After Effects project file where the previous animator animated a grid using 40+ individual shape layers (one for each of the grid’s lines), and the same amount of shape layers for masks (each line-layer being set to Alpha Matte). All of them keyframed individually. It won’t surprise you that this is a mess to work in, and I want to make things a little easier for myself by combining all the grid-lines into one single shape layer.

    I was wondering if there was an easy way to ‘migrate’ one layer’s “Contents” to another shape layer. Dragging them over doesn’t seem to work. At the moment what I found working was to copy a layer’s contents over, but then I also have to copy and paste this layer’s Transform properties afterwards, since these aren’t retained. Am I missing something, or do I have to commit to copying all these layers by hand?

    Thanks in advance! Any help is much appreciated.

  • Filip Vandueren

    January 28, 2022 at 8:58 am

    Probably the easiest is to duplicate the layer, then remove what you don’t need.

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