So, I have this composition with an animated letter. Each letter is a different composition. To save me some work I duplicate the repeating letters. However I want to change the colour of one letter all of the repeated letters get the same colour. How can I disconnect in some way the duplicate compositions from the original? Thank you!

P.S. I'm newb

  • Are you asking how can you connect all the layers with the same letter together so if you change the color in one they all change?
    – Alex
    Jan 10 '17 at 19:14
  • I think he's asking how to do the opposite. Clone a layer, but make it have a new source.
    – stib
    Jan 11 '17 at 7:32
  • I want the layers to be independent of each other but with the same content.
    – That Guy
    Jan 11 '17 at 18:53

What you need to do is:

  1. clone the layer,
  2. right click and choose View Layer Source in Project,
  3. duplicate the source in the project window, and finally
  4. alt/option-drag the new source on to the (selected) cloned layer to change its source.

If this is too tedious, I've written a script that will clone the layer and create a unique source for it in one step (it can also recursively clone all the source layers in compositions if need be). There's also a pay-what-you-want script called true-comp-duplicator on aescripts.com that will do the same job.

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