I have imported a Photoshop CC 2015.1 document into After Effects CC 2015.1.

I have animated one of the layers. I want to create an alternate animation for the same layer. When I duplicate the layer, either with Copy/Paste or with Edit > Duplicate, then work on the copy, my changes happen to both copies.

How can I duplicate the layer and turn it into a completely independent composition?

Many thanks.

  • Check out this post on the adobe site composition duplicate by Jon-M-Spesr, In Windows Project Panel click on the composition you wish to duplicate and hit <Ctrl D>, Rename the composition.
    – AndrewH
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 20:01

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As per @AndrewH’s comment and some other things I found online, the trick is to Duplicate the composition in the Project panel, not in the Timeline.

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