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Delve into the world of motion graphics, keying, and compositing in After Effects CC. In this course, Ian Robinson lays out six foundations for becoming proficient with After Effects, including concepts such as layers, keyframe animation, and working with 3D. To help you get up and running with the program, the course begins with a project-based chapter on creating an animated graphic bumper. Next, explore the role layers play in compositions and find out how to add style to your projects using effects and graphic elements. Last, see how to build 3D objects with CINEMA 4D Lite, as well as stabilize footage, solve for 3D cameras, and paint in graphics with the Reverse Stabilization feature.
In this video, we're going to cover some key commands that can be kind of helpful when you have a composition that has a lot of layers. With these commands, we'll quickly be able to select layers, and then move up and down through the different layers without necessarily having to use our mouse. Before we start, it's always a wise idea to make sure that we have the panel selected that we're going to be working with, so I'll just click on my Training_Swoosh tab there and make sure that my Timeline panel is active. Now, if you have a full size keyboard, you can quickly and easily select an individual layer just by clicking the number in the keypad.
So for example, if I want to select Layer 8, I'll just type 8 on my keypad. Now, if it's a double-digit layer, you can just type those numbers relatively quickly. Let's type 12. If you need to see an animated parameter for any layer, you could press the u key. Now, if I want to hide that, I'll press the u key again. If I need to select any specific parameter for a layer, I can go ahead and type the letter for that parameter. For example opacity, I'll use T. For rotation I'll press R. For scale I'll press S.
You get the idea. Now, if you just hit it again, it'll go ahead and collapse that layer. If I need to quickly select the layer above the layer that I currently have selected, I can press Cmd on the Mac or Ctrl on Windows and then use my Up and Down arrows. Now, let's say I'd like to select layers 8 and 9, if I hold down Cmd on the Mac, Ctrl on Windows and then add Shift, I can use the Down arrow to add to the selection. Every time I keep clicking that arrow, it'll add to the selection. If I go back up it'll actually continue adding to the selection.
If I want to start over, I can just press the Cmd key and press Down or Up, and it will go ahead and jump to the bottom or the top of that selection. So again, Cmd on the Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and then Shift, and that'll allow you to add to the selection of that individual layer. And finally, if I want to create new layers in my project, I can create those layers with the y key. Now, on the Mac, if I press Cmd+Y, it'll automatically create a new solid. On Windows, it's Ctrl+Y.
If I add the Option key to that or the Alt key to that, I'm going to press Cmd+Opt+Y, that would be Ctrl+Alt+Y on Windows. That'll add an adjustment layer. Now, there are many other key commands you can use in your Layers panel, just most of those correspond to navigating through time. So we'll definitely explore those in the Animation Chapter.
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