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I drew a popsicle and I want to animate it in After Effects but first I need to separate each object on my drawing into a new different layer

Is there a way to do that?

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Inside the Layers palette, highlight your desired layer choose the "Release to Layers" command. The "Build/Sequence" options of this command could be useful to you in different workflows. Sequence simply takes each of your art and places it into a layer of their own. Build will make a 'pyramid' of your art, with the art being duplicated with all pieces at the top and only the last piece at the bottom. I find it hard to describe, but see my attached screenshots.

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The command is in the flyout menu.

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Here is how my artwork starts out.

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Here is the command done in Sequence mode

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And here the command is done in Build mode.

For your animation project, this may help!

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You would need to manually select each element and then either CTRL+X (Cut) and CTRL+V (Paste) them onto a new layer or just drag the element to a new layer as in my example below.

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