Best 8 Tips Every After Effects User Must Know

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After Effects is a powerful video editing program, ideal for people who wish to make their videos look dramatic and professional. It gives editors with the tools to create top-notch visuals simply from their home PCs. With the correct information, your video projects can look fantastic and they can wow your audience.

8 Tips Every After Effects User Must Know

After Effects contains plenty of excellent features that make editing and enhancement a snap. If you grasp the secrets of After Effects, you can work quicker, work easier, and generate stunning video edits. Here are 8 Tips Every After Effects User Must Know:

Take Command of Text Kerning

It seems like every video editing tool has a rough time producing the perfect text kerning. After Effects has got you covered with built-in font kerning options. The program defaults to kern by ‘metrics’, but you may change it to ‘optical’ in the text options, creating a nicer look. For even more power, simply click within your text, hold down the ALT key, and modify the kerning using the left and right arrows.

Save a Single Frame of Your Video

Looking to share a fast view of your project with someone? No need to render out a video when you can generate a high-quality still frame. Scrub to the frame you want to render and go to Composition →Save Frame As → File to produce a still frame of your work. Now you have a high-grade single photograph of your work to share with everyone who needs to view it.

View All Keyframes at Once

Keyframes are an integral aspect of video editing. You can adjust practically anything over a period of time using a set of keyframes. It can be tricky to ensure you’re looking at every keyframe you’ve set in your edit. If you merely click U, every layer with a keyframe will open, showing you the placement of every keyframe for easy reference and simple editing.

Change Render Quality

While editing, you may need to render out a sample of your work to show to a boss or a friend. It can take incredibly long to render a full video at high quality. Luckily, you can alter the quality by changing the render quality before you start. Just pick “full” on the timeline and change it to a lower level. This allows you to render out a good-looking video without straining out your machine and spending a ton of time.

Transform Multiple Objects at Once

Oftentimes, you may find yourself needing to update multiple objects in a similar method, but this can take a while to do. Even worse, you’ll have to eyeball the transformations, hoping you’ve changed everything in relation to one another. Fortunately, After Effects makes it easy to modify several objects at once. All you have to do is create a Null Object in the timeline and utilize that Null Object as the ‘parent & link’ option for all the objects you wish to change. Then simply modify the Null Object to make changes to all the child objects.

Scale Your Keyframes


It can be irritating to modify your keyframe positioning in reference to other keyframes. If you shift one keyframe the wrong distance, it might mess up the entire image. Fortunately, it’s straightforward to manipulate a collection of keyframes together. Just SHIFT SELECT all the keyframes you want to scale and drag one of them forward or backward. All the specified keyframes will move in unison. Use this tool to add an accurate amount of space between your keyframes, whether visual or audio.

Duplicate a Layer in an Instant

Sometimes your process might speed up by copying and pasting the effects and filters of one layer onto another. It’s easy to clone a layer, bringing all of its effects to a new one in After Effects. Simply choose a layer and push CTRL (or CMD) + D. Your new layer will be identical to the previous one, making it easy to employ all the effects of the original layer. Add or delete settings as needed to produce the effects you desire for the new layer.

Sequence Your Layers

A lot of videos involve multiple shot changes and individual images displaying at any one time. It takes too long to alter every layer separately to ensure that each layer is on the screen by itself. If you pick all the layers and go to Animation → Keyframe Assistant → Sequence Layers, your layers will uniformly spacing out so each layer is exactly timed out.

After Effects is a highly powerful video editing application and it’s even more handy when you know all the small things it can accomplish. Try out any of these suggestions the next time you edit a film and see for yourself how big of a difference they can make.

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Dipto is a professional Graphic designer/writer who is also passionate about making stunning designs in Illustrator. He is the founder of Dipto Designs. You can find many useful tutorials in his collection of articles at Dipto Design.

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