After Effects Tips & Tricks, Keyboard Shorts for Motion Graphics Artist

AE tips and tricks, keyboard shortcuts

Best ShortCuts keys for AE

To Rename the layer – Select Layer and Press Enter Key

To Cut/Split the Layer – Select the layer ent point and press the following Shortcut key.

Ctrl+Shift+ D

Move the Pivot point to the center

  1. Select the layer
  2. The go-to Layer -> Transform -> Center Anchor Point in Layer Content.
  3. Short Cut key -> Ctrl+ Alt+ Home

AE Tips & Tricks

Trim/Crop composition Timing in AE

First Set the In, and Out points using the following Short cut keys

  • In Point – B
  • Out Point – N

To Trim the composition, use the following shortcut key

Ctrl+ Shit + X.

That’s all.


How to Replace Image or composition in AE

First, add a replacement image to your AE project.

Then select the layer that should be replaced and hold down the Alt key.

Then grab the replacement image in the project panel and drag it on to the layer to be replaced.


How to Flip an image or composition in AE

Select Image and go to Layer -> Transform -> Flip Horizontal/ Flip Vertical

To Create Different Animations

To Add a Numbers running Animation

  1. Select the Text Layer,
  2. Add Slider control Effect via Effects & Preset Widget.
  3. In Text Properties, Alt + click the Source Text Timer to open Expression Editor.
  4. Then in Effects -> Slider Control settings, Just Click the parent pick whip to that slider control.

Now when you adjust the slider, Numbers will change. But this slider output Display decimal value.
To change that to an integer value, Paste the following command in the Expression editor.

x=Math.floor(effect("Slider Control")("Slider"));
x+" %"

Just remove the %, to get the whole number.
That’s all.


Missing/ Graye Out

Is the 3D view icon/layer Switch missing?


Press the “F4 key” to switch between the switch column to mode.

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