Often times working with shape layers in After Effects, and Layers converted from Adobe Illustrator can be a little task intensive when you rely solely on After Effects. In trying to find better workflows, Zack Lovatt created the Explode Shape Layers script.

This script will take a shape layer and split each of its content groups or paths into individual layers, for finer control & easier access

Explode Shape Layers will take a shape layer in After Effects and split each of its content paths or even groups into individual layers, ultimately giving you much better control and access to shapes.

Any effects or filters on the initial shape layer will be carried through to the new layers along with any keyframes, settings or markers. Check out the Explode Shape Layer script for After Effects here.