When it comes to splitting layers in Adobe After Effects, the process is incredibly simple, and can be accomplished rather quickly. Read the instructions below to figure out how to do it yourself.



  1. Move the Current Time Indicator to the time or frame where you want to split your layer(s).
  2. Select the layer, or layers in the Timeline panel. If no layers are selected, you will split all layers.
  3. Go to the Edit Menu and click on Split Layer, or alternatively use the keyboard shortcut (see below).
  4. Voila! You’ve done it.


Keyboard Shortcuts reference:
Description: Split selected layers. (If no layers are selected, split all layers.)

  • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+D
  • Mac: Command+Shift+D



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