Awesome Tips for Working Faster in After Effects
Do you have the need for speed? Learn these awesome tips for working faster in After Effects!
How much time is wasted twirling down triangles in After Effects? Why waste time clicking around when you can get what you want with the push of a button?
Lucky for you we have some excellent tips below for working faster in After Effects!
Hold the spacebar to temporarily activate the move tool
Right-clicking on pretty much anything will reveal a context menu. Context menus are menus related to what you are clicking on- so right-click inside the Comp Viewer or Timeline and up pops a menu with items related to the Timeline (new timeline items, comp settings, flowchart, views, etc)
Cycle through panels in a frame
Use Alt+Shift+, (comma) to cycle through compositions in the timeline panel
Toggle between Comp Viewer and Timeline panel
Keep typing \ (backslash) key to toggle between the Comp Viewer panel and Timeline panel
Zoom in timeline = (equal sign)
Zoom out time – (hyphen)
, and . to zoom in and out of Comp viewer
` accent/tilde key maximize panel
Create New Comp
Command + N new comp
Comp Settings Menu
Command + K Comp Settings menu
Create New Solid Layer
Command + Y Comp Settings menu
Shortcuts to Layer Transform Properties
Layer Transform Properties
Option/Alt + A – Creates a keyframe and reveals Anchor Point property
Option/Alt + P – Creates a keyframe and reveals Position property
Option/Alt + S – Creates a keyframe and reveals Scale property
Option/Alt + R – Creates a keyframe and reveals Rotation property
Option/Alt + T – Creates a keyframe and reveals Opacity property
Audio Layer Properties
L- audio levels
Quickly Reveal Keyframes
U reveals keyframes for a selected layer or all layers (if one isn’t selected)
U + U reveals keyframes and modified properties (if a default setting was changed, but not keyframed)
Hold Shift key to select a group of layers between the first and 2nd one you select
Hold Command or CTRL key to group select layers one by one
Right-click a layer’s color label, choose “Select Label Group”
Shortcuts for the Current Time Indicator Playhead
I- Move playhead (CTI) to beginning of the selected layer
O- Move playhead (CTI) to end of the selected layer
J & K to move CTI back and forth between keyframes on a layer
Home and End to go to timeline beginning and timeline end
Press Cmd+Right arrow to move the playhead 1 frame ahead
Press Cmd+Left arrow to move the playhead 1 frame back
Page Up button to move ahead 1 frame
Page Down button to move back 1 frame
B- set beginning of work area
N- set end of work area
Right-click Work Area bar, select Trim Comp to Work Area to shorten comp duration
Of course, this is just the beginning! After Effects has tons of shortcuts and scripts that can help you save time. Do you have a favorite shortcut you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!
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