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Hus Yaralioglu
Search for a layer in comp
on Feb 6, 2019 at 1:17:35 pm

I'm trying to create a script that will search for a specific layer within a selected comp.

I want the script to work like a toggle basically, so if it finds an existing layer with the name "XYZ" I want it to delete this layer. Whereas if it doesn't find a layer with this name, I want it to create a new layer with the name "XYZ"

I have managed to get the script working so it adds a layer, I just can't find a way for it to search the comp and delete any existing ones.

Any suggestions would be so helpful!

var curSelection = app.project.activeItem;

//check if selected layer is a comp
if (curSelection instanceof CompItem) {

//run code here to create layer with name XYZ

} else if (//search comp for layer with name XYZ) {
//run code to remove layer

alert("this is not a comp!");

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Andrei Popa
Re: Search for a layer in comp
on Feb 6, 2019 at 3:05:00 pm

Here you go.

var myLayer = searchLayer ("XYZ");

function searchLayer(layerName){
var myComposition = app.project.activeItem;
if(myComposition instanceof CompItem){
for (var i = 1; i<=myComposition.numLayers;i++){
if (myComposition.layer(i).name == layerName){
return null;
return myComposition.layers.addText(layerName);
alert("This is not a composition");

The "myLayer" c=variable is null if it just deleted a text or it is the actual text layer if it just created one. You can change the "addText" function if you want to add different layers.

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