I've been working in a composition containing 65% opacity Shape layer background and some animated text layers on it.

Then I'm trying to paste this composition into another one, but there I can see only that semitransparent rectangle in it!

At the same time, my text layers have some strange marks - torquoise "#" symbols. What do they mean?What does those "#" icons mean?

  • Should I add something to the answer I've missed?
    – p2or
    Apr 10, 2015 at 0:58
  • Nope, thank you so much! The only problem here was caused by these "guides". You can't imagine how happy I am now :) Apr 10, 2015 at 1:00

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[#] Guide Layers

are only visible in the current composition, but not in other compositions or the final render. For e.g. In terms of working in a subcomposition, it can be useful to see the footage of the main composition. In this case, you can copy the footage to the subcomposition and turn it into a guide layer by Selecting the Layer, go to Layer > Guide Layer or Right Click > Guide Layer (to enable or disable it).

Adobe says:

Like adjustment layers, guide layers are standard layers with special status. A guide layer appears in the current composition but not in any subsequent compositions or the final render (unless it is specifically overridden in Render Settings.)


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