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Jim BondPhotoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 22, 2016 at 9:04:52 pm

I am working on an AE project which has a layered PSD integrated into it. When I make changes to the original PSD, they are not showing up in AE. I've reloaded the project, reloaded all footage, cleared out various caches... None of this has worked.

Can anyone help me out with this one? (rhetorical question)


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Dave LaRondeRe: Photoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 22, 2016 at 9:38:11 pm

If you didn't make the changes via AE's Edit Original command, give it a shot.

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


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Jim BondRe: Photoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 23, 2016 at 3:44:52 am

Hi Dave.

I tried this & it took me back to the same file I've been editing. The changes are showing in photoshop, but It's still not updating in AE.

Am I missing something?


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Tero AhlforsRe: Photoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 23, 2016 at 4:00:46 am

Have you changed the layer names?


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Jim BondRe: Photoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 23, 2016 at 4:14:54 am

Hmmm... It's possible.

I was working on this file almost a year ago and put it down until now.


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Jim BondRe: Photoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 23, 2016 at 4:16:16 am

The names of the layers in PS & AE are the same though.


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Walter SoykaRe: Photoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 23, 2016 at 9:44:45 am

Ae will only refresh existing layers when you update in Photoshop. It will not catch new layers and pull them in.

If you are changing existing layers with no job, let's try manually reconnecting one of the changed layers.

When Ae imports a PSD as a comp, it creates unique footage items in the project panel for each layer, and names them like a backwards file path (like "Layer 1/MyPSD.psd"). Select that item in the project panel and right-click, Replace Footage, With file..., and then navigate to the PSD you've been changing, set the import layer option to "Choose layer," and select the appropriate layer.

What happens then?

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Jim BondRe: Photoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 23, 2016 at 1:55:54 pm

Ok. This worked. Thank you very much.

Is this how it's supposed to always work?


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Jim BondRe: Photoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 23, 2016 at 1:58:29 pm

Hmmm...

After I replaced the footage. It is now updating on it's own, whenever I save in PS.

Problem solved. Not sure why though...

This forum is the best. Thanks guys.


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Walter SoykaRe: Photoshop layers not updating/reloading in After Effects CC
by on Aug 23, 2016 at 1:58:35 pm

No, it is supposed to "just work" as you initially described, where you make a change in Ps and it seamlessly and automatically updates in Ae. You mentioned this was a bit of a legacy project; I wonder if there's some multi-version bug here.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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