May 10, 2017

Check Out These 30 After Effects Shortcuts

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These Adobe After Effects keyboard shortcuts will save you precious time. 

As a new tutorial from School of Motion declares, "Keyboard shortcuts aren't sexy, but they can shave literally days off of your motion graphic projects."

Truer words were never spoken. Check out the video, and see below for a list of over 30 After Effects shortcuts. While the list may seem overwhelming, After Effects is a complex program. These shortcuts are your shortcuts to being an AE master editor.  

Layer Properties

  • A (Anchor Point), P (Position) S (Scale) R (Rotation) and T (Opacity)

View More Properties

  • Hitting one of the above hotkeys (APSRT), plus Shift. 

Quickly Set Keyframes

  • Opt + A, P, S, R, T (Mac) 
  • Alt + Shift + A, P, S, R, T (Windows)

Reveal All Keyframed Properties

  • Select the layer and hit U (also works for multiple layers.)

Access the Hand Tool

  • Hold down the spacebar and drag. 

Timeline Zoom

  • Zoom into the timeline by pressing + or - 

Zoom Into the Comp Viewer

  • Just use comma "," or period key "."

Fit Your Comp to the Viewer

  • Hit Shift + / and your composition will go full screen. 

Quick Ease for Your Keyframes

  • Hit F9 

Jump Keyframes

  • Jump from keyframe to frame by using the J & K key. 

Hop Layer Frames

  •  Hop between layer frames by using the I and O keys (for the first and last, respectively)

Move From Frame to Frame

  • Page Down and Page Up
  • or Cmd + Right Arrow and Cmd + Left Arrow

Preview Twice as Fast

  • Hit Shift + 0 on the Number Pad. 

See All Manipulated Properties

  • Double-tap the U key. 

Quickly Add Markers to the Timeline

  • To add a marker hit the * key on the number pad.
  • Set a marker with text hold down shift + *.

Precompose Your Layers

  • Cmd + Shift + C

Easily Move Layers

  • Move layer to current playhead location by hitting " &"

Move Playhead to Beginning or End of Composition

  • Home or End keys

Scale Layers to Fit

  • Cmd + Opt + F

Toggle Guides On/Off

  • Cmd + R

Different Viewer Resolutions

  • Full: Cmd + J
  • Half: Cmd + Shift + J
  • Quarter: Cmd + Opt + Shift + J

Replacing Layers

  • Hold Option + Replace

Select Layers

  • Cmd + Down or Up Arrow

Split Layers 

  • Cmd + Shift + D

Show the Graph Editor

  • Shift + F3

Search for Layers

  • Cmd + F


Maximize Any Panel

  • Hover and press the ~ (Tilde)

Hide or Show Layer Controls

  • Cmd + Shift + H

Kern Your Type

  • Option + Right or Left Arrow Keys

Save the Current Frame

  • Cmd + Opt + S

Center Shape Layer Anchor Points

  • Opt + Cmd + Home

Show And Hide the Grid

  • Cmd + ' (Apostrophe)

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Good post!

May 12, 2017 at 9:32AM, Edited May 12, 9:32AM