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Adobe After Effects shortcut keys

macOS – Adobe After Effects Shortcut Keys

Adobe After Effects Shortcut Keys for macOS

Command+A – Select all
Command+Shift+A/F2 – Deselect all
Enter on main keyboard – Rename selected layer, composition, folder, effect, group, or mask
Enter on numeric keypad – Open selected layer, composition, or footage item
Command+Option+Arrow Down/Arrow Up – Move selected layers, masks, effects, or render items down (back) / up (forward) in stacking order
Command+Option+Shift+Arrow Down/Arrow Up – Move selected layers, masks, effects, or render items to bottom (back) / top (front) of stacking order
Shift+Arrow Down/Arrow Up – Extend selection to next item / previous item in Project panel, Render Queue panel, or Effect Controls panel
Command+D – Duplicate selected layers, masks, effects, text selectors, animators, puppet meshes, shapes, render items, output modules, or compositions
Command+Q – Quit
Command+Z – Undo
Command+Shift+Z – Redo
Command+Option+[/ on numeric keypad – Purge all
Esc – Interrupt running a script
Command+Option+N – New project
Command+O – Open project
Command+Option+Shift+P – Open most recent project
Command+Option+Shift+N – New folder in Project panel
Command+Option+Shift+K – Open Project Settings dialog box
Command+F – Find in Project panel
Option+click bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel – Cycle through color bit depths for project
Click bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel – Open Project Settings dialog box
Command+Option+; – Open Preferences dialog box
Hold downCommand+Option+shiftwhile starting After Effects – Restore default preferences settings
Command+0 (zero) – Open or close Project panel
Command+Option+0 (zero) – Open or close Render Queue panel
Command+1 – Open or close Tools panel
Command+2 – Open or close Info panel
Command+3 – Open or close Preview panel
Command+4 – Open or close Audio panel
Command+5 – Open or close Effects and Presets panel
Command+6 – Open or close Character panel
Command+7 – Open or close Paragraph panel
Command+8 – Open or close Paint panel
Command+9 – Open or close Brushes panel
F3/Command+Shift+T – Open or close Effect Controls panel for selected layer
Command+F11 – Open Flowchart panel for project flowchart
Shift+f10, shift+f11, /Shift+F12 – Switch to workspace
Command+W – Close active viewer window or panel (closes content first)
Command+Shift+W – Close all active viewer wwindow or panels
Command+Option+Shift+N – Split the frame containing the active viewer and create a new viewer with opposite locked/unlocked state
` (accent grave) – Maximize or restore panel under pointer
Command+\ – Resize application window or floating window to fit screen. (Press again to resize window so that contents fill the screen.)
Command+Option+\ – Move application window or floating window to main monitor; resize window to fit screen. (Press again to resize window so that contents fill the screen.)
\ – Toggle activation between Composition panel and Timeline panel for current composition
Shift+,/. – Cycle to previous / to next item in active viewer (for example, cycle through open compositions)
Option+Shift+,/. – Cycle to previous / to next panel in active frame (for example, cycle through open Timeline panels)
Click with middle mouse button – Activate a view in a multi-view layout in the Composition panel without affecting layer selection
Option+click tool button in Tools panel – Cycle through tools
V – Activate Selection tool
H – Activate Hand tool. To temporarily activate Hand tool: Hold down spacebar or the middle mouse button and press h
Z – Activate Zoom In tool. Add option/Option to zoom out
W – Activate Rotation tool
C – Activate and cycle through Camera tools
Y – Activate Pan Behind tool
Q – Activate and cycle through Mask and Shape tools
G – Activate and cycle through Pen tools. Addcommand/Command to temporarily activate Selection tool when pen tool is selected
Command+Option – Temporarily activate Pen tool when the Selection tool is selected and pointer is over a path (Add Vertex tool when pointer is over a segment; Convert Vertex tool when pointer is over a vertex)
Command+B – Activate and cycle through Brush, Clone Stamp, and Eraser tools
Command+T – Activate and cycle through Type tools
Command+P – Activate and cycle through Puppet tools
Option+W – Activate Roto Brush tool
Option (in shape layer) – Temporarily convert Selection tool to Shape Duplication tool
Command (in shape layer) – Temporarily convert Selection tool to Direct Selection tool

You can activate some tools only under certain circumstances. For example, you can activate a camera tool only when the active composition contains a camera layer. To momentarily activate a tool with a single-letter keyboard shortcut, hold down the key; release the key to return to the previously active tool. To activate a tool and keep it active, press the key and immediately release it.
Command+N – New composition
Command+K – Open Composition Settings dialog box for selected composition
B/N – Set beginning or end of work area to current time
Command+Option+B – Set work area to duration of selected layers or, if no layers are selected, set work area to composition duration
tap on shift – Open Composition Mini-Flowchart for active composition
Shift+Esc – Activate the most recently active composition that is in the same composition hierarchy as currently active composition
Option+Shift+J – Go to specific time
Shift+Home/End – Go to beginning / to end of work area
J/K – Go to previous / to next visible item in time ruler
Home/End/Command+Option+Arrow Left/Arrow Right – Go to beginning / to end of composition, layer, or footage item
Page Down/page up orCommand+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Go forward 1 frame / backward 1 frame
Shift+Page Down/page up orCommand+Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Go forward 10 frames / backward 10 frames
I – Go to layer In point
O – Go to layer Out point
Command+Option+Shift+Arrow Left/arrow/right – Go to previous / to next In point or Out point
D – Scroll to current time in Timeline panel
Space – Start or stop standard preview
0 (zero) on numeric keypad – RAM preview
Shift+0 on numeric keypad – RAM preview with alternate settings
Command+click RAM Preview button or press Command+0on numeric keypad – Save RAM preview
Command+Shift+click RAM Preview button or pressCommand+Shift+0 on numeric keypad – Save RAM preview with alternate settings
. on numeric keypad – Preview only audio, from current time
Option+. on numeric keypad – Preview only audio, in work area
Drag /Option+drag current-time indicator, depending on Live Update setting – Manually preview (scrub) video
Command+drag current-time indicator – Manually preview (scrub) audio
Option+0 (zero) on numeric keypad – RAM preview number of frames specified by Alternate RAM Preview preference (defaults to 5)
[/ on numeric keypad – Show current frame on video preview device
Command+[/ on numeric keypad – Toggle Output Device preference between Desktop Only and video preview device

Shift+F5/F6/F7/F8 – Take snapshot
F5/F6/F7/F8 – Display snapshot in active viewer
Command+F5/F6/F7/F8 – Purge snapshot
Shift+[/ on numeric keypad – Turn display color management on or off for active view
Option+1/2/3/4 – Show red / green / blue / alpha channel as grayscale
Option+Shift+1/2/3 – Show colorized red / green / blue channel
Option+Shift+4 – Toggle showing straight RGB color
Option+5 – Show alpha boundary (outline between transparent and opaque regions) in Layer panel
Option+6 – Show alpha overlay (colored overlay on transparent regions) in Layer panel
Double-click Hand tool – Reset view in the Composition panel to 100% and center composition in the panel
./, – Zoom in / zoom out in Composition, Layer, or Footage panel
/ – Zoom to 100%
Shift+/ – Zoom to fit
Option+/ – Zoom up to 100%
Command+J/Command+Shift+J/Command+Option+J – Set resolution to Full / Half / Custom in Composition panel
Command+Option+U – Open View Options dialog box for active Composition panel
=/- – Zoom time in / out
;/Shift+; – Zoom in / zoom out Timeline panel to single-frame units (Press again to zoom out to show entire composition duration.)
Caps Lock – Suspend image updates
– Show or hide safe zones
Command+’ – Show or hide grid
Option+’ – Show or hide proportional grid
Command+R – Show or hide rulers
Command+; – Show or hide guides
Command+Shift+’ – Turn snapping to grid on or off
Command+Shift+; – Turn snapping to guides on or off
Command+Option+Shift+; – Lock or unlock guides
Command+Shift+H – Show or hide layer controls
Command+I – Import one file or image sequence
Command+Option+I – Import multiple files or image sequences
Option-double-click – Open movie in an After Effects Footage panel
Command+/ – Add selected items to most recently activated composition
Command+Option+/ – Replace selected source footage for selected layers with footage item selected in Project panel
Option+drag footage item from Project panel onto selected layer – Replace source for a selected layer
Command+Backspace – Delete a footage item without a warning
Command+Option+G – Open Interpret Footage dialog box for selected footage item
Command+Option+C – Remember footage interpretation
Command+E – Edit selected footage item in application with which it’s associated (Edit Original)
Command+H – Replace selected footage item
Command+Option+L – Reload selected footage items
Command+Option+P – Set proxy for selected footage item
Command+Shift+E – Delete all effects from selected layers
Command+Option+Shift+E – Apply most recently applied effect to selected layers
Command+Option+Shift+F – Apply most recently applied animation preset to selected layers
Command+Y – New solid layer
Command+Option+Y – New adjustment layer
Command+Option+Shift+Y – New null layer
0…9 on numeric keypad – Select layer (1-999) by its number (enter digits rapidly for two-digit and three-digit numbers)
Shift+0…9 on numeric keypad – Toggle selection of layer (1-999) by its number
Command+Arrow Down/Arrow Up – Select next layer / previous layer in stacking order
Command+Shift+Arrow Down/Arrow Up – Extend selection to next / previous layer in stacking order
Command+Shift+A – Deselect all layers
X – Scroll topmost selected layer to top of Timeline panel
Shift+F4 – Show or hide Parent column
F4 – Show or hide Layer Switches and Modes columns
Option+click solo switch – Turn off all other solo switches
Command+Option+Shift+V – Turn Video (eyeball) switch on or off for selected layers
Command+Shift+V – Turn off Video switch for all video layers other than selected layers
Command+Shift+Y – Open settings dialog box for selected solid, light, camera, null, or adjustment layer
Command+Option+V – Paste layers at current time
Command+Shift+D – Split selected layers (If no layers are selected, split all layers.)
Command+Shift+C – Precompose selected layers
Command+Shift+T – Open Effect Controls panel for selected layers
Double-click a layer – Open layer in Layer panel (opens source composition for precomposition layer in Composition panel)
Option-double-click a layer – Open source of a layer in Footage panel (opens precomposition layer in Layer panel)
Command+Option+R – Reverse selected layers in time
Command+Option+T – Enable time remapping for selected layers
[/] – Move In point / Out point of selected layers to current time
Option+[/] – Trim In point / Out point of selected layers to current time
Option+click stopwatch – Add or remove expression for a property
Double-click effect selection in Effects and Presets panel – Add an effect (or multiple selected effects) to selected layers
Command+Shift+,/Command+Option+, – Set In point or Out point by time-stretching
Option+Home/End – Move In point / move Out point of selected layers to beginning of composition
Command+L – Lock selected layers
Command+Shift+L – Unlock all layers
Command+U/Command+Shift+U/Command+Option+Shift+U – Set Quality to Best / Draft / Wireframe for selected layers
Shift+-/[+] – Cycle forward / cycle backward through blending modes for selected layers
Command+F – Find in Timeline panel

Command+F – Find in Timeline panel
Command+` (accent grave) – Toggle expansion of selected layers to show all properties
Command+click triangle to the left of the property group name – Toggle expansion of property group and all child property groups to show all properties
A – Show only Anchor Point property (for lights and cameras, Point Of Interest)
L – Show only Audio Levels property
F – Show only Mask Feather property
M – Show only Mask Path property
tt – Show only Mask Opacity property
T – Show only Opacity property (for lights, Intensity)
P – Show only Position property
R – Show only Rotation and Orientation properties
S – Show only Scale property
rr – Show only Time Remap property
ff – Show only instances of missing effects
E – Show only Effects property group
mm – Show only Mask property groups
aa – Show only Material Options property group
ee – Show only Expressions
uu – Show only modified properties
pp – Show only Paint Strokes, Roto Brush strokes, and Puppet pins
ll – Show only Audio Waveform
U – Show only properties with keyframes or expressions
ss – Show only selected properties and groups
Option+Shift+click property / group name – Hide property or group
Shift+property / group shortcut – Add or remove property or group from set that is shown
Option+property shortcut – Add or remove keyframe at current time
Command+` (accent grave) – Toggle expansion of selected effects to show all properties
Command+click triangle to the left of the property group name – Toggle expansion of property group and all child property groups to show all properties
Drag property value – Modify property value by default increments
Shift+drag property value – Modify property value by 10x default increments
Command+drag property value – Modify property value by 1/10 default increments
Command+Shift+O – Open Opacity dialog box for selected layers
Command+Shift+R – Open Rotation dialog box for selected layers
Command+Shift+P – Open Position dialog box for selected layers
Command+Option+O – Open Auto-Orientation dialog box for selected layers
Command+Home – Center selected layers in view (modifies Position property to place anchor points of selected layers in center of current view)
Arrow Keys – Move selected layers 1 pixel at current magnification (Position)
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selected layers 10 pixels at current magnification (Position)
Option+Page Up/Page Down – Move selected layers 1 frame earlier / 1 frame later
Option+Shift+Page Up/Page Down – Move selected layers 10 frames earlier / 10 frames later
[+]/- on numeric keypad – Increase / decrease Rotation (Z Rotation) of selected layers by 1°
Shift+[+]/- on numeric keypad – Increase / decrease Rotation (Z Rotation) of selected layers by 10°
Command+Option+[+]/- on numeric keypad – Increase / decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light layers) of selected layers by 1%
Command+Option+Shift+[+]/- on numeric keypad – Increase / decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light layers) of selected layers by 10%
Command+[+]/-/Option+[+]/- on numeric keypad – Increase / decrease Scale of selected layers by 1%
Command+[+]/-/Option+Shift+[+]/-on numeric keypad – Increase / decrease Scale of selected layers by 10%
Shift+drag with Rotation tool – Modify Rotation or Orientation in 45° increments
Shift+drag layer handle with Selection tool – Modify Scale, constrained to footage frame aspect ratio
Double-click Rotation tool – Reset Rotation to 0°
Double-click Selection tool – Reset Scale to 100%
Command+Option+F – Scale and reposition selected layers to fit composition
Command+Option+Shift+H – Scale and reposition selected layers to fit composition width, preserving image aspect ratio for each layer
Command+Option+Shift+G – Scale and reposition selected layers to fit composition height, preserving image aspect ratio for each layer
F10 – Switch to 3D view 1 (defaults to Front)
F11 – Switch to 3D view 2 (defaults to Custom View 2)
F12 – Switch to 3D view 3 (defaults to Active Camera)
Esc – Return to previous view
Command+Option+Shift+L – New light
Command+Option+Shift+C – New camera
Command+Option+Shift+\ – Move the camera and its point of interest to look at selected 3D layers
F – With a camera tool selected, move the camera and its point of interest to look at selected 3D layers
Command+Shift+F – With a camera tool selected, move the camera and its point of interest to look at all 3D layers
Option+Shift+C – Turn Casts Shadows property on or off for selected 3D layers
Shift+F3 – Toggle between Graph Editor and layer bar modes
Click property name – Select all keyframes for a property
Command+Option+A – Select all visible keyframes and properties
Shift+F2/Command+Option+Shift+A – Deselect all keyframes, properties, and property groups
Option+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Move keyframe 1 frame later / earlier
Option+Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Move keyframe 10 frames later / earlier
Command+Option+K – Set interpolation for selected keyframes (layer bar mode)
Command+Option+H – Set keyframe interpolation method to hold or Auto Bezier
Command+click in layer bar mode – Set keyframe interpolation method to linear or Auto Bezier
Command+Option+click in layer bar mode – Set keyframe interpolation method to linear or hold
F9 – Easy ease selected keyframes
Shift+F9 – Easy ease selected keyframes in
Command+Shift+F9 – Easy ease selected keyframes out
Command+Shift+K – Set velocity for selected keyframes
Option+Shift+property shortcut – Add or remove keyframe at current time (For property shortcuts, see Showing properties and groups in the Timeline panel (keyboard shortcuts).)

Command+Option+Shift+T – New text layer
Command+Shift+L – Align selected horizontal or vertical textleft
Command+Shift+C – Align selected horizontal or vertical textcenter
Command+Shift+R – Align selected horizontal or vertical textright
Arrow Keys – Move insertion point one character left/right/up/down
Command+Arrow Left/Arrow Right – Move insertion point one word left / one word right
Command+Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Move insertion point one paragraph up / one paragraph down
Home/End – Move insertion point to beginning / to end of line
Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Extend / reduce selection by one character to right/left in horizontal text (or one/down in vertical text)
Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Extend / reduce selection by one line up/down in horizontal text (or right/left in vertical text)
Command+Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Extend / reduce selection by one word to right/left in horizontal text (or up/down in vertical text)
Shift+Home/End – Select text from insertion point to beginning / to end of line
Command+Shift+Home/End – Select text from insertion point to beginning / to end of text frame
Shift+click – Select text from insertion point to mouse click point
Double-click text layer – Select all text on a layer
Double-click, triple-click, quadruple-click, / quintuple-click with Type tool – Select word, line, paragraph, or entire text frame
Command+Shift+K – Turn All Caps on or off for selected text
Command+Option+Shift+K – Turn Small Caps on or off for selected text
Command+Shift+= – Turn Superscript on or off for selected text
Command+Option+Shift+= – Turn Subscript on or off for selected text
Command+Shift+X – Set horizontal scale to 100% for selected text
Command+Option+Shift+X – Set vertical scale to 100% for selected text
Command+Option+Shift+A – Auto leading for selected text
Command+Shift+Q – Reset tracking to 0 for selected text
Command+Shift+J – Justify paragraph; left align last line
Command+Option+Shift+J – Justify paragraph; right align last line
Command+Shift+F – Justify paragraph; force last line
Command+Shift+,/. – Decrease / increase font size of selected text by 2 units
Command+Option+Shift+,/. – Decrease / increase font size of selected text by 10 units
Option+Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Increase / decrease leading by 2 units
Command+Option+Arrow Down/Arrow Up – Increase / decrease leading by 10 units
Option+Shift+Arrow Down/Arrow Up – Decrease / increase baseline shift by 2 units
Command+Option+Shift+Arrow Down/Arrow Up – Decrease / increase baseline shift by 10 units
Option+Arrow Left/Arrow Right – Decrease / increase kerning or tracking 20 units (20/1000 ems)
Command+Option+Arrow Left/Arrow Right – Decrease / increase kerning or tracking 100 units (100/1000 ems)
Command+Option+Shift+T – Toggle paragraph composer
Command+Shift+N – New mask
Option+click mask – Select all points in a mask
Option+` (accent grave) /Option+Shift+` – Select next / select previous mask
Double-click mask with Selection tool / select mask in Timeline panel and press Command+T – Enter free-transform mask editing mode
Esc – Exit free-transform mask editing mode
Command+drag – Scale around center point in Free Transform mode
Arrow Keys – Move selected path points 1 pixel at current magnification
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selected path points 10 pixels at current magnification
Command+Option+click vertex – Toggle between smooth and corner points
Command+Option+drag vertex – Redraw Bezier handles
Command+Shift+I – Invert selected mask
Command+Shift+F – Open Mask Feather dialog box for selected mask
Command+Shift+M – Open Mask Shape dialog box for selected mask
X – Swap paint background color and foreground colors
D – Set paint foreground color to black and background color to white
Option+click – Set foreground color to the color currently under any paint tool pointer
Command+Option+click – Set foreground color to the average color of a 4-pixel x 4-pixel area under any paint tool pointer
Command+drag – Set brush size for a paint tool
Command+drag, then releaseCommand while dragging – Set brush hardness for a paint tool
Hold shift while beginning stroke – Join current paint stroke to the previous stroke
Option+click – Set starting sample point to point currently under Clone Stamp tool pointer
Command+Shift – Momentarily activate Eraser tool with Last Stroke Only option
Option+Shift+drag with Clone Stamp tool – Show and move overlay (change Offset value of aligned Clone Stamp tool or change Source Position value of unaligned Clone Stamp tool)
3…7 – Activate a specific Clone Stamp tool preset
Option+click the button for the preset – Duplicate a Clone Stamp tool preset in Paint panel
1…9 on numeric keybaord – Set opacity for a paint tool (e.g. 1=10%, 9=90%)
. on numeric keybaord – Set opacity for a paint tool to 100%
Shift+1…9 on numeric keybaord – Set flow for a paint tool (e.g. 1=10%, 9=90%)
Shift+. on numeric keybaord – Set flow for a paint tool to 100%
Command+Page Up/Page Down – Move to earlier / move to later by number of frames specified for stroke Duration (alternatively use 1/2)
Command+G – Group selected shapes
Command+Shift+G – Ungroup selected shapes
Select Path property in Timeline panel and press Command+T – Enter free- transform path editing mode
Page Up/page down when dragging to create shape – Increase / decrease star inner roundness
Arrow Up/arrow down when dragging to create shape – Increase / decrease number of points for star or polygon; increase / decrease roundness for rounded rectangle
Hold spacebar when dragging to create shape – Reposition shape during creation
arrow left when dragging to create shape – Set rounded rectangle roundness to 0 (sharp corners); decrease polygon and star outer roundness
arrow right when dragging to create shape – Set rounded rectangle roundness to maximum; increase polygon and star outer roundness
shift when dragging to create shape – Constrain rectangles to squares; constrain ellipses to circles; constrain polygons and stars to zero rotation
Command when dragging to create shape – Change outer radius of star
* on numeric keypad – Set marker at current time (works during RAM preview and audio-only preview) and/or open marker dialog box
Shift+0…9 – Set and number a composition marker (0-9) at the current time
0…9 – Go to composition marker 0-9
Option+click the markers / keyframes – Display the duration between two layer markers or keyframes in the Info panel
Command+click marker – Remove marker
Arrow Keys – Move feature region, search region, and attach point 1 pixel at current magnification
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move feature region, search region, and attach point 10 pixels at current magnification
Option+Arrow Keys – Move feature region and search region 1 pixel at current magnification
Option+Shift+Arrow Keys – Move feature region and search region 10 pixels at current magnification
Command+S – Save project
Command+Option+Shift+S – Increment and save project
Command+Shift+S – Save As
Command+Shift+/ – Add active composition or selected items to render queue
Command+Option+S – Add current frame to render queue
Command+Shift+D – Duplicate render item with same output filename as original

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