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Matthew BeallPaste reverses layer order
by on Jun 14, 2013 at 3:18:19 pm

I have noticed: if I select several layers in one comp and copy/paste them into another, the layer order is reversed.. Is there a way around this? It really screws up your track mattes.. :(

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John CuevasRe: Paste reverses layer order
by on Jun 14, 2013 at 4:07:47 pm

Select your top layer, hold down shift and select the bottom layer, cntl+c, cntl+v will maintain the order. AE pastes in order of how you selected the layers. In a few quick tests if you hit Cntl+A, it works top to bottom also.

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Matthew BeallRe: Paste reverses layer order
by on Jun 14, 2013 at 4:19:38 pm

Aha, you are correct..

For whatever reason, I guess I was always selecting bottom up...!

Thanks, that saves me lots of time re-ordering layers..! :)

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Todd KoprivaRe: Paste reverses layer order
by on Jun 16, 2013 at 3:25:35 am

from After Effects Help:

"When you copy (or cut) and paste layers, the layers are pasted so that they appear from top to bottom in the Timeline panel in the same order in which they were selected before the copy (or cut) operation. You can Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) layers to select them in any arbitrary order, cut them, and then immediately paste them to reorder the layers in the order in which they were selected."

Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
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