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Melbin Borrero Jr.
Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 17, 2017 at 6:27:19 pm

Hey everyone. Hoping someone can assist. I'm using AE CS6. I went to import a PSD file as a composition and nothing happens. I'm able to import it as footage, but not composition nor editable or merged. I've tried multiple PSD files and ensured that they are all RGB. Is there something I'm missing. Thanks in advance.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 17, 2017 at 10:41:48 pm

What's your procedure for importing? Could you please describe it? There are a few ways to do it.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Melbin Borrero Jr.
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 18, 2017 at 4:13:31 am

I've tried File/Import, as well as double clicking on the Project Pane to open the Import window. Neither one were successful.


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Liran Tabib
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 18, 2017 at 9:58:33 am

Hi Melbrin
If the Photoshop file contains layers but you can't import them to After Effects, usually it's because the Photoshop file is in CMYK color mode.
Change it to RGB and try to import it again.

This can also happen when trying to import multiple Photoshop files at once with drag and drop, so just import them through the proper command.

Best Regards

Liran Tabib
http://www.vdodna.com


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anas sabih
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 18, 2017 at 11:47:37 am

are you sure the psd files are layers ?
also, try :
file > import > file> select the file and click on the drop down menu that says import as and select composition (retain layer size).
hope this helps.


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Melbin Borrero Jr.
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 18, 2017 at 1:41:48 pm

Thanks for the responses.
Yes all PSD layered files are in RGB mode. I've also attempted to import it as composition (retaining layers) and still nothing. I've owned the last three versions of AE and i've never encountered this issue.
I tried to import 5 different layered PSD files, but it is only allowing me to use the footage option and not composition.


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Roei Tzoref
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 19, 2017 at 10:43:12 am

Show us a full screen capture (video if possible) step by step to what you are doing exactly so we can pin point the problem.

Roei Tzoref
2D/VFX Generalist & Instructor Ae Blues Tutorials
http://www.tzoref.com


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Melbin Borrero Jr.
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 19, 2017 at 4:56:11 pm



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Mark Whitney
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 19, 2017 at 3:11:44 am

Wow. How frustrating.

I'm grasping at straws here too but perhaps try this:

From My Computer (unless you have a file manager utility you prefer), Open up the needed folder & try dragging the psd file directly into the Project window. Same issue or did it give you the options this time?

If still the same, have you possibly updated or installed something that "took over" the .PSD association?

I doubt if purging memory or the caches will help, but I believe there's a way of restoring defaults if it comes to that. Someone else will need to point you in that direction; I've never needed to do that fortunately.


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Melbin Borrero Jr.
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 19, 2017 at 4:57:55 pm

Yes I've considered reinstalling the software to eliminate the possibility of a corrupted file or setting. I'll give it a couple more days to see if anyone has another solution. Thanks.


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Roei Tzoref
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 19, 2017 at 9:24:03 pm
Last Edited By Roei Tzoref on Aug 19, 2017 at 9:25:45 pm

Is your Ae version the most updated of cs6? You should be using 11.0.6
Also, did this ever work with any psd?

Roei Tzoref
2D/VFX Generalist & Instructor Ae Blues Tutorials
http://www.tzoref.com


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Melbin Borrero Jr.
Re: Unable to import PSD files as composition
on Aug 20, 2017 at 1:29:34 pm

Yes it's the latest version CS6 and I tested it with a variety of psd files that were created with CS3, CS5, and CS6 to no avail.


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