Adobe after Effects CS5 – Even More Animation Shortcuts

Adobe provides an index page for keyboard shortcuts. Sometimes you think the shortcuts themselves could be a college course but they really are great time savers. The ones you use often you commit to your finger’s memory and the others will always be there, at that universal Adobe web site. This article is all about adobe after effects tutorials online.When you are in After Effects you are looking at a lot of things that you want to ‘play nice’ with each other. Some may be very simple and have a relatively small role to play and others may have several adjustments and special effects applied. At different times you want to see a certain combination; at others it is help to see a nice ‘high level’ view of the layers without all their detail.

Fortunately, all of this is available. As your movie become more ambitious, a simple fact is that you will have a lot of layers. The more complex compositions break out groups into their own compositions to manage that complexity, to bring in a group of well-defined motion and effects as a single object.Looking at your layers, a great shortcut is simply entering ‘Ctrl A’. This will choose all of your layers. You may want to do something to all of them. You may want to move them all down the timeline. In the same way the ‘Transform’ attributes can be viewed by their first character, if you choose all layers, then enter ‘P’ for example, to view position, you will reveal the position attribute for all your layers. If you enter ‘R’, you see all rotation and just as you would on a single layer level, if you choose all, enter ‘T’ for opacity, then enter shift ‘R’, you will see opacity and rotation for all layers.

What if you wanted to see all the layers that have key frames set? Entering ‘u’ will do the trick. Entering ‘u’ twice quickly will display all layers that have key frames set and also any layer that has changed from its original setting. This is great to see layers that have effects applied but if you created some text, then moved it to the upper left corner, even if you didn’t animate it, key ‘u u’ in quick sequence will display this layer. Its object has changed from its default setting. To see only layers that have effects applied, enter ‘e’.You’ll find that for most of the shortcuts, the shortcut key is the same or closely related to the property, ‘a’ for anchor, ‘Ctrl A’ for ‘all’. There are so many settings and layer views that Adobe exhausted the alphabet so there must be some method to their madness when control keys and shift keys enter the picture.

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