50 After Effects Tips, Tricks & Secrets for Beginners You Should Now 2019
These are tips that when I learned them I thought how did I not know this already existed if you have been using After Effects for a while you will probably already know a few but I am sure there will be some gems in there that will save you hava lot of time and trouble in your projects lets get started You have got some layers one has some cool effects on it that you like to apply to the others we can copy these effects up here in the effects control panel and paste them on to another layer but you can also select those effects go to edit and select copy with property links paste them onto another layer and if you change those effects in the original layer they will change on every layer they were copied to wherever they are in the project alright we got this texture set to multiply and we want to apply it.
to this Pentagon but we don’t to deal with any maps or masks we can simply select preserve under lying transparency down here and itll only apply to already visible layers in your composition you can apply the blending mode stencil alpha to make visible onlylayers that appear underneath that layer you can also use the blending modes il ho uette alpha to get a reverse which makes everything underneath that layer transparent say you have got a logo or a vector element when you scale it up it goes all blurry or pixelated if you tick continuously rasterize down here it turns nice and crisp we Have got two layers doing some animation with their position to move them to the left with that pre comping might be tricky but.
we can create a new null object parent those two layers to that null move thenull over to the left where we want them and then delete the null removing all evidence that we were ever here if youve got a timeline full of layers and you need to see more of it if youve got your cursor over it and press the tilde key which is the curly one next to the one on the top left of your keyboardpress it over that panel and it will make it full screen and if you press tilde again it will minimize it back to your previous view it works on any panel ifyou want to navigate through your project quickly use the mini flow chartif you go into this text comp and press tab on our keyboard itll bring up thisflow chart wherever your cursor is it shows the comp that were in and on theleft it shows all the comps that this is nested in and on the right it shows all the comps that are inside this comp the stars and the balls the blue line indicates which comp you came from in that case it was comp 7if you want to change something in your pre-comp and see what it looks like in .
the above comps you can split your view by looking at comp in your view here opening another comp and dragging that out now you can go inside and make anyedits in this comp on the right and they will update in the main comp on theleft here and you can easily see how it will affect the comps above itif you want to alliance of objects together you can do that with guides just simply drag out some guides select view snap to guides and whenever youmove an object it will snap into position if the duration in your comp istoo long you can drag over your work area in your timeline view and thensimply right click trim comp to work area if you want to reduce the size ofyour comp perhaps to fit a layer click on the region of interest down here anddrag out the area that you would like it to crop to and then select a composition crop comp.
to region of interest if you want to parent one layer to another butyou dont want it to inherit all other properties you can alt or option clickon the property you want to parent and then pick whip that to the specificproperty on the other layer now our Pentagon is inheriting our squaresrotation but not its position we want to create a mask on this Pentagon that ourpen tool just keeps drawing shapes if we select tool create mask and drawover the top now it creates a mask the different blur effects and After Effectswork slightly differently box blur and camera lens blur get a more naturalblurring but it does take longer to render and gashing blur tends to be thefastest so choose wisely if you blur an image it will automatically assume the edges of the image are transparent so youll get this halo effect on the edgeswe see the layer underneath tick repeat edge pixels to stop that happening butdont feel too bad the walking-dead titles didnt realize this until season3 to cycle through the film or stroke modes hold alt and click on the squarenext to the mode and it will cycle through all of the options you can also hold alt and click through to cycle all the different tool modes if you want to duplicate a layer press control D to get another version.
and if you want to splitthat layer press ctrl shift d and it will split it at your playheadto move the start of your layer to your player press the left square bracket on your keyboard and press the right square bracket on your keyboard to move the endto your play head to a trim your layer press alt and hold the left square bracket to trim it at the beginning and alt and the right square bracket to trimit at the end if youve animated some transform properties like scale position rotation on your layer and youd like to add more while keeping the existing animation without adding a null or pure comping you can add the effect transform and this will give you more options to keyframe if suddenly youre bounding box disappears and you don’t have the outlines of your shape layers visibleyou might have accidentally turned them off I did this all the time to turn theback on click this bounding box button here or go up to view show layer controls if your project panel suddenly disappears to get it back press ctrl and 0I do this all the time as well because that is the fit to view shortcut in Photoshop and I do it without thinking if you want to line up elements from one comp to another or quickly reference another comp.
you can take a snapshot ofit by clicking this camera icon here and then from whatever other come youre inyou can click the view snapshot button and it will make that snapshot visible for you to use as a referenceweve got the square moving with its position property to get the rotation to follow alongwe can select layer transform Auto Orient and select orient along path and now the rotation follows along to create a quick sine wave select your line go to add select zigzag toggle that down adjust the size and the amount of ridgesand then change the points from corner to smooth if youre tired of flat vector shapes use the roughen edges effect and tweak some of the settings to add abit of grit to your animation if you want to slightly expand or reduce the edges of your layer simply add the effect a simple choker and adjust thechoke map this is also great for adding rounded corners if you want to quicklyoffset or stagger your layers select them all trim their lengths to the amount you want to offset right click select keyframe assistant sequence layers .
click OK and then drag out the ends of all of themto convert text to a shape layer with the text tool selected right-click and select create shapes from text now got your text editable as pathsif you want to morph a square into a circle key frame its roundness at zero move ahead anddrag it up to its maximum roundness where it will be circle and there you are you can do basic math operations in any number fields if the number is in convenient to calculate yourself let After Effects do it this square is 400pixels wide and I wanted to move that far to the right so with its position property. I am gonna select its current position and add + 400 and press Enter and there we go you can use multiply and divide in here two if you need some free space on your hard drive your disk cache might beusing up more than it needs to you can clear your disk cache by going to edit purge all memory and disk cache and click OK to clear out some memory fromprojects you might not have opened in years if your project is getting bloatedwith a bunch of assets and comps that you no longer need you can go to fileand then down to dependencies and remove unused footage you can also reduce th eproject only the files needed.
in the comps you have selected and you can alsocollect all of your files and every linked asset into a folder which is veryuseful if you need to have the project on to someone else on another machine orusing another server if you want to know what comp an asset was used in you canright click over in the project panel and select reveal in composition which willtake you to it you can also do it in Reverse – you can right-click selectreveal reveal layer source and project and you can also right-click and selectreveal reveal in Explorer to find the exact source of that file if you need toreplace a file or composition you can select it down in your timeline find thelayer of comp youd like to replace it with in the project panel hold alt andsimply drag it into your composition or timeline window and it will replace itkeeping all the original animated properties select your comp in theproject window and drag it onto the new composition window and that will createa new comp with the exact same sized duration of that original comp with that comp .
nested inside if you want an image or comp to be the exact height or widthof a comp without doing it by hand and eyeballing it with a scale propertyselect layer transform fit to comp height or widthdepending on your needs use the search bar down in your timeline to easilyaccess properties like path or stroke widthwithout toggling down a whole bunch of layers weve got this pre compedanimation of a snowman shape bouncing and we want to add a quick shadow to itwe can duplicate it with command D add a fill effect select our shadow color thenadd the CC slant effect adjust the slant and the height send that layer behind and now we have got an animated shadow if youve got an animation in the pre compyou can change the speed by right-clicking and select a time timestretch 50% makes it twice as fast 200 makes it twice as slow to reverse itright click and select time time reverse layer if you have nothing selected inyour timeline to add markers to the comp press
* on your keyboard and till create a marker here if you do with the layer selected it will create one onthe layer you can double click to add a comment to that marker or if you hold alt and click the asterisks it will open up that dialog box as you create the marker you can also hold alt on your keyboard and drag a marker to extend itto encompass a duration rather than a single point if you want to reverse some properties of an animation you can select the key frames you want reverse dright click select keyframe resistant and time reverse keyframes and that will swap the values of those key frames if you want to an extended animation theykeep the same timing you can select all the keyframes and while holding altselect the first or last keyframe and drag it out to keep those proportionsexactly the same you can also press J and K on your keyboard to jump your play head to the nearest keyframe J goes to the nearest previous key frame and K .
To the nearest upcoming key frame if you have got a whole bunch of layer staking up your timeline and you don’t need to see them all for now select all of the ones you want to hide click the shy icon lock the layer over here completely shy icon over here now theyr’e hidden and theres no chance you accidentally gonna move them now you have got a lovely clean timeline and if you just need to view one or a couple of layers in your composition window you can click the solo button here on as many of layers as you need so your’e not distracted by the other layers and so After Effects doesnt need to render those layers as well very useful if your’e using a lot of effector a render heavy comp if you want to apply an effect to the whole scene and know just one element instead of pre comping you can use an adjustment layer create a new adjustment.
Layer by going up to layer new just Millea and whatever effects you applied to that layer will affect everything beneath it change the color of your layers in your timeline to keep it organized click the colored square down here and choose any color you want if you choose select label group Ill select all layers with that color very handy when youre working with a lot of layers if you have pasted something and after effects has pasted them in the wrong order here our bottom text should be under neath this rectangle to get it to paste in the right order you need to select your to player first then the others copy or cut and then paste them and the layers that youve selected first or right on top in the layer stack if you want to quickly test a bunch of fonts select your text click in the font drop-down area and scroll through with your arrow keys till you find the font you like you can also click this starover here on the left and they will put them in this favorite folder so you can access the fonts you always use if youre annoyed that when you create anew shape layer the anchor point goes to the middle of the comp rather than the middle of the shape layer you can fix that by going to edit preferencesgeneral and select Center Anchor Point in new shape layers isnt that nicer Imade a short playlist of some related videos thatll think youll enjoy ifyouve made it this far.