Adobe After Effects keyboard hacks

After Effects is one of those scary, complex pieces of software that every motion graphic designer and video editor needs to learn at some point. Keyboard shortcuts, like in any video editing or motion graphics software, make the user 20x more powerful. They allow you to work quickly, get done sooner, deliver your projects on time, and give you the ability to take on more work or give you more free time if that’s what you desire.

After Effects is a powerful creative tool that many people find intimidating. But, as you work more with the software, you’ll realize the value of keyboard shortcuts If you wanted to increase your speed in After Effects by double what would you do? Some people might pay thousands of dollars on for a new Laptop, but there’s an easier way… keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts have the ability to save you a few seconds here or there and those seconds can add up to hours if not days saved on each one of your video motion projects.

In short, shortcuts rule. To help make it easier for you to learn those keyboard shortcuts in After Effects. All of these shortcuts are guaranteed to save you time in Adobe After Effects. Some of them can even reduce your work time in half! So if you’re ready to turbo-charge your AE skills here are our favorite keyboard shortcuts in After Effects.

General

ACTION WINDOWS MAC
Select all Ctrl + A Command + A
Deselect all Ctrl + Shift + A Command + Shift + A
Rename selected layer Enter Enter
Move selected layers down in stacking order Ctrl + Alt + ↓ Command + Option + ↓
Move selected layers up in stacking order Ctrl + Alt + ↑ Command + Option + ↑
Extend selection to next item in project panel Shift + ↓ Shift + ↓
Extend selection to previous item in project panel Shift + ↑ Shift + ↑
Duplicate selected layers etc. Ctrl + D Command + D
Quit Ctrl + Q Command + Q
Undo Ctrl + Z Command + Z
Redo Ctrl + Shift + Z Command + Shift + Z
Purge all Ctrl + Alt + [ Command + Option + [
Interrupt running a script Esc Esc

 

Projects & Preferences

ACTION WINDOWS MAC
New project Ctrl + Alt + N Command + Option + N
Open project Ctrl + O Command + O
Most recent project Ctrl + Alt + Shift + P Command + Option + Shift + P
New folder in project panel Ctrl + Alt + Shift + N Command + Option + Shift + N
Open project settings dialog box Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K Command + Option + Shift + K
Find in project panel Ctrl + F Command + F
Open preferences dialog box Ctrl + Alt + ; Command + Option + ;

 

Panels, Viewer, Workspace and Windows

ACTION WINDOWS MAC
Open or close project panel Ctrl + 0 Command + 0
Open or close render queue panel Ctrl + Alt + 0 Command + Option + 0
Open or close tools panel Ctrl + 1 Command + 1
Open or Close Info Panel Ctrl + 2 Command + 2
Open or close Preview panel Ctrl + 3 Command + 3
OPen or close Audio panel Ctrl + 4 Command + 4
Open or close effects and Presets panel Ctrl + 5 Command + 5
Open or close Character panel Ctrl + 6 Command + 6
Open or close Paragraph panel Ctrl + 7 Command + 7
Open or close Paint panel Ctrl + 8 Command + 8
Open or close Brushes panel Ctrl + 9 Command + 9
Open or close Effect controls panel for selected layer Ctrl + Shift + T Command + Shift + T
Switch to workspace Shift + F10 Shift + F10
Close active viewer window Ctrl + W Command + W
Close all active viewer window Ctrl + Shift + W Command + Shift + W
Resize application window Ctrl + \ Command + \
Move application window Ctrl + Alt + \ Command + Option + \

 

Activate Tools

ACTION WINDOWS MAC
Activate selection tool V V
Activate Hand tool H H
Activate Zoom tool Z Z
Activate Rotation tool W W
Activate & cycle through Camera tools C C
Acivate Pane behind tool Y Y
Activate mash & Shape tools Q Q
Activate Brush, Clone stamp and Eraser tools Ctrl + B Command + B
Activate and cycle through Type tools Ctrl + T Command + T
Activate and cycle through Puppet tools Ctrl + P Command + P
Activate Roto Brush tool Alt + W Option + W
Open or close Effect controls panel for selected layer Ctrl + Shift + T Command + Shift + T
Switch to workspace Shift + F10 Shift + F10
Close active viewer window Ctrl + W Command + W
Close all active viewer window Ctrl + Shift + W Command + Shift + W
Resize application window Ctrl + \ Command + \
Move application window Ctrl + Alt + \ Command + Option + \

 

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