I want to edit the anchor point path of a layer, and to do that I know I need to open the layer in it's own layer panel. However I can't figure out how to open the layer in the layer panel.

I'm following along with a beginner tutorial, and using the tutorial source files so everything's the same: The instructor says to "double-click on the layer in the timeline", but when I do that nothing happens.

I also tried right-clicking on the layer, but the "open layer" option is grayed out.

Finally, I switched to the "All Panels" workspace, select the Layer Panel, but it's gray and empty and doesn't allow me to choose a layer or add a new layer view.

I'm new to After Effects but experienced with CS5 - I just can't figure out what's wrong

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Figured it out- Apparently shape layers can't be opened in the Layer Panel. That includes Illustrator footage layers with "Continuous Rasterization" turned on. If you turn Continuous rasterization off, it will open in the Layer Panel.

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