Adobe After Effects CC 2023: How To Duplicate PreComps

This tutorial will show you how to duplicate PreComps As Unique Copies in Adobe After Effects CC 2024, which is helpful to create different versions of a PreComp but keep the same effects, etc.

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Duplicate: Cmd/Ctrl + D
Copy: Cmd/Ctrl + C
Cut: Cmd/Ctrl + X
Paste: Cmd/Ctrl + V


  1. Duplicate PreComps in the Project Panel for Unique Copies
  2. If you duplicate PreComps in the Layers Panel, the PreComps will be linked to each other

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00:00  Intro: About The Tutorial
00:18  What is a PreComp?
00:35  How To Open PreComps
00:55  Project Panel vs. Layers Panel
01:20  Duplicate a PreComp (Project Panel)
01:49  How To Swap Out Footage
02:38  Move PreComp To Another Composition
02:55  Duplicating PreComps In Layers Panel
03:27  Duplicating PreComps In Layers Panel
04:00  Recap of Duplicating PreComps

Software Used:
Adobe After Effects CC 2023 (Click To Try or Buy)

How To Duplicate PreComps as Unique Copies (Unlinked):

  1. Duplicate (Cmd/Ctrl + D) in the Project Panel
  2. DO NOT Duplicate (Cmd/Ctrl + D) in the Project Panel
  3. Drag Duplicated PreComp into another Composition
  4. Double-click a PreComp to open

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