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Dum Dum
copy paste comp - unlink text layer
on Feb 26, 2014 at 5:01:35 am


i've been copy pasting certain comps within one main composition to save time. all i need to change for each comp is the text overlay. unfortunately, when I do copy paste it appears that the texts layers are still linked. hence when i change the text in comp1 it automatically changes the text layer in copied comp2 as well - pretty much the opposite of what I intended for it to do. Any chance i can 'unlink' comp1 and 2 and the text layers within those comps after copying them?


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John Cuevas
Re: copy paste comp - unlink text layer
on Feb 26, 2014 at 12:55:19 pm

Don't copy and paste the precomps from within the comp, you are just making an exact duplicate---just like if you copied/pasted a video layer within your comp---it's just a duplicate linked back to a single source.

Find the precomp containing the text in the project window and "cntl+d" to make a duplicate of it(at this point I would rename that duplicate). Now drag that into your final composition, and you can open it up and make the text changes you need.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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