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You import the stuff as a comp, then you use that composition as a layer in your sphere comp. Since all layers stay independent this way, you can apply whatever animation or effects you fancy, including your opacity fades.
Thanks very much for your help but can you explain a little more. I have no idea how to do this. I opened my psd file as a comp in AE but I don't any layers there. It opens up as one layer. Can you explain in a little more detail?
Thanks so much,
Did you choose File --> Import, picked the PSD and then actually set the dimensions to Comp - Document size? this should definitely work. Note that by default it will import as Footage, which is not what you want. If that's not the problem, you may have accidentalyl flattened/ merged the Photoshop document or done something else that forces AE into flattening the doc. For instance the document being in CMYK instead of RGB color mode would do that... I recommend you double-check in PS.