Layer Repeater

  • Compatibility After Effects
    Please check exact version compatibility under the "COMPATIBILITY" tab below

Author: Adam Katz

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Easily animate offsets in space and time for multiple layers
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Easily animate offsets in space and time for multiple layers


There is now a version 2.3 of Layer Repeater. With this version comes an installed custom effect which greatly simplifies the interface. Also included is the ability to add randomness to any of the properties Layer Repeater controls. Play around and enjoy the new features.

Note: You need to have administrative access to run Version 2.3. There is also a chance version 2.3 may run slightly slower than version 1.4 due to the ability to have randomness on properties.

When you download, you will be given links for both version 2.3 and version 1.4 in case anyone needs or wants access to the older version.



  1. As of version 2.0 and later, a custom effect is used for control of the properties. This requires installing a new effect in the PresetEffects.xml file.
  2. The first time you run the script, you will need to:
    • Have the After Effects preference "Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network" checked.
    • Be an administrator
    • If you are on Mac OSX, make sure the file PresetEffects.xml has read/write privledges. (Detailed instructions for this are included with the download)
  3. Run the script and it will give you an option to install.
  4. After the installation in complete, you must restart After Effects. (You do not need to be administrator any longer)
  5. Run the script again
  6. Select the layer you want to duplicate
  7. Choose how many layers you want to make a copy of
  8. Choose if you want the layers to have 3d properties or not
  9. Run the script:
    • There will now be a composition in place of the layer you wanted duplicated
    • There will also be a null added to your composition with controls to affect the duplicated layers




After running the script, you will be able to animate offset and random parameters of many layer properties. These include:

Anchor Point





Animation through time with a frame offset

Included in the download are full descriptions of all the properties that Layer Repeater can control.


After Effects CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, CS3