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The Best After Effects Shortcuts | Part 1

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Every motion designer worth their salt knows the value of good After Effects shortcuts to cut down on tedious grunt work; save time; increase productivity, and speed up the workflow.

To that end, we have decided to create an ongoing video series of After Effects Shortcuts as a useful reference to help you work better, faster and smarter.

In this Part I of the series, we will start by covering 10 After Effects shortcuts for the following: Keyframe scaling; duplicating layers; creating the wiggle effect; transforming components, moving layers up and down and top and bottom and more useful tips to streamline your After Effects workflow.

Let’s Get Started!

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After Effects Shortcut #1: How to Do Keyframe Scaling

Hold the ALT button, then drag keyframes.

How to Do Keyframe Scaling in After Effects

How to Do Keyframe Scaling in After Effects


After Effects Shortcut #2 | How to See All Keyframes

Select layers, then simply press the U key.

How to See All Keyframes in After Effects

How to See All Keyframes in After Effects


After Effects Shortcut #3 | How to Duplicate Layers

Windows: Control + D

Mac: Command + D

How to Duplicate Layers in After Effects

How to Duplicate Layers in After Effects


After Effects Shortcut #4 | How to Quickly Transform Components

Layer Position shortcut: Press P

Layer Scale shortcut: Press S

Layer Rotation shortcut: Press R

Layer Opacity shortcut: Press T

How to Quickly Transform Components in After Effects

How to Quickly Transform Components in After Effects


After Effects Shortcut #5 | How to Create the Wiggle Effect

Hold Alt and click on Stopwatch for Position property, then type wiggle (6,8)

How to Create the Wiggle Effect in After Effects

How to Create the Wiggle Effect in After Effects


After Effects Shortcut #6 | Quick Access to Composition Settings

Windows: Control+ K

Mac: Command + K

Quick Access to Composition Settings in After Effects

Quick Access to Composition Settings in After Effects


After Effects Shortcut #7| How to Create a New Solid Layer

Windows: Control + Y

Mac: Command + Y

How to Create a New Solid Layer in After Effects

How to Create a New Solid Layer in After Effects


After Effects Shortcut #8 | How to Move Frame by Frame

Windows: Hold Ctrl, then use the left and right arrows to move frames

Mac: Hold Command, then use the left and right arrows.

How to Move Frame by Frame in After Effects

How to Move Frame by Frame in After Effects


After Effects Shortcut #9 | How to Set Render Regions

Use the B & N buttons to set render regions.

 How to Set Render Regions in After Effects

How to Set Render Regions in After Effects


After Effects Shortcut #10 | How to Split a Layer

Windows: Hold Control & Shift & the D button on the keyboard.

Mac: Hold Control & Shift & the D button on the keyboard.

How to Split a Layer in after effects

How to Split a Layer


Well there you go, dear Motion Graphic ninjas!

Hope you found these After Effects tips, tricks and shortcuts useful and that you will use them to boost your productivity. We will be posting in the near future with even more shortcuts, tips and tricks so be on the lookout for those as well.

By the way, do you have any favorite shortcuts? If so, please do share with us in the comments. We would absolutely love to hear from you!

We would be equally stoked to connect with you on social media. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook.) Do not forget to explore our YouTube channel for a whole host of our excellent After Effects tutorials. Also be sure to check out our website as well for a ton of freebie motion design goodies.

Remember: Don’t Work Harder. Work Better, Smarter and Faster!

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