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  • Precomposition: How to de-precompose?

  • Manny Rellesiva

    July 22, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    After I tried to precompose several layers, I decided to bring back the layers in their original position. However, I found it tedious to copy and paste the layers to their original position. Is there a way to “deprecompose”? Undoing (ctrl+z) is not an option since I’ve saved and closed after effects.

  • Andrew Yoole

    July 22, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    There’s no de-compose button as such, but the process is pretty easy. Open the precomp, select all, copy, open main comp, select precomp layer, paste, delete precomp layer.

  • MajorAsshole

    July 25, 2006 at 6:15 am

    I generally save a backup file beofre i do destructive changes like precomposing. That way if I need to fix it, I at least have the non precomposed version to load up.

  • Anton Hannibal

    August 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I always duplicate layers and then hide them before pree comping.
    A nice back up for lazy people!


  • Michael McClain

    January 14, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Is this still the case in 2021? Pasting layers inverts the layer order, which is a major PIA.

  • Shaun Cammack

    January 14, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    The order you select your layers affects how they paste. If you click on the bottom layer, hold shift, then click on the top layer and then copy, the paste order will be different than when you click on the top layer, hold shift, and click on the bottom layer and then copy. Selecting bottom to top will reverse layer order. Select from top to bottom will not.

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