300+ Shortcuts for Adobe After Effects CC (MacOS)  [edit]

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minusplus1. Basics
Command+A Select all
F2/Command+Shift+A Deselect all
Enter Rename selected Layer, Composition, Folder, etc
Enter on numeric keypad Open selected Layer, Composition, or Footage item
Command+Option+ Arrow Down/Arrow Up Move selected Layers or other elements backwards / forwards in stacking order
Command+Option+Shift+
Arrow Down/Arrow Up
Move selected Layers or other elements backwards / forwards in stacking order
Shift+Arrow Down/Arrow Down Extend selection to next item / to previous item in Project Panel and other Panels
Command+D Duplicate selected Layers, Masks, effects, etc.
Command+Q Quit
Command+Z/Command+Shift+Z Undo / Redo
Command+Option+/ on numeric keypad Purge All Memory
Esc Interrupt running a script
Command+Option+E Display filename corresponding to Frame at current time in Info Panel
Command+Option+; Open Preferences dialog box
Hold down Command+Option+Shift while starting After Effects Restore default preferences settings

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minusplus2. Projects
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

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minusplus3. Panels, Viewers, Workspaces, and Windows
Command+0 Open or close Project Panel
Command+Option+0 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 (or Command+Shift+T) Open or close Effect Controls Panel for selected Layer
Command+F11 Open Flowchart Panel for Project flowchart
Shift+F10/F11/F12 Switch between Workspaces
Command+W Close active Viewer or Panel (closes content first)
Command+Shift+W Close active Panel or all Viewers of type of active Viewer
Command+Option+Shift+N Split the Frame containing the active Viewer and create a new Viewer with opposite locked/unlocked state
` Maximize or restore Panel under pointer
Command+\ Resize application (floating) window to fit screen. Press again to resize window for contents to fill screen
Command+Option+\ Move (floating) window to main monitor; resize window to fit screen. Press again to resize window for contents to fill screen
\ Toggle activation between Composition Panel and Timeline Panel for current Composition
Shift+,/. Cycle to previous / next item in active Viewer
Option+Shift+,/. Cycle to previous / next Panel in active Frame
Middle-click Activate a view in a multi-view layout in the Composition Panel without affecting Layer selection

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minusplus4. Activating Tools
Option+Click Tool button in Tools Panel Cycle through Tools
V Activate Selection Tool
H Activate Hand Tool
Hold down spacebar Temporarily activate Hand Tool
Z/Option (when Zoom In Tool is active) Activate Zoom In / Zoom Out Tool
W Activate Rotation Tool
Option+W Activate Roto Brush Tool
C Activate and cycle through Camera Tools
Y Activate Pan Behind Tool
Q Activate and cycle through Mask and Shape Tools
Command+T Activate and cycle through Type Tools
G Activate and cycle between the Pen and Mask Feather Tools
Command Temporarily activate Selection Tool when a Pen Tool is selected
Command+Option Temporarily activate Pen Tool when the Selection Tool is selected and pointer is over a path
Command+Option Add Vertex Tool when pointer is over a segment or convert Vertex Tool when pointer is over a Vertex
Command+B Activate and cycle through Brush, Clone Stamp, and Eraser Tools
Command+P Activate and cycle through Puppet Tools
Option In Shape Layer: Temporarily convert Selection Tool to Shape Duplication Tool
Command In Shape Layer: Temporarily convert Selection Tool to Direct Selection Tool

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minusplus5. Compositions and Work Area
Command+N New Composition
Command+K Open Composition Settings dialog box for selected Composition
B/N Set beginning / set end of work area to current time
Command+Option+B Set work area to duration of selected Layers or to Composition duration if no Layers selected
Tab Open Composition Mini-Flowchart for active Composition
Shift+Esc Activate the most recently active Composition that is in the same Composition hierarchy as the currently active Composition

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minusplus6. Time Navigation
Option+Shift+J Go to specific time
Shift+Home/End Go to beginning or end of work area
J/K Go to previous / go to next visible item in time ruler
Home/End Go to beginning / go to end of Composition, Layer, or footage item (or Command+Option+Left Arrow/Right Arrow)
Page Down/Page Up Go forward / backwards 1 Frame (or Command+Right Arrow/Left Arrow)
Shift+Page Down/Page Up Go forward / backwards 10 Frames
I/O Go to Layer InPoint / Layer OutPoint
Command+Option+Shift+
Arrow Left/Arrow Right
Go to previous / next InPoint or OutPoint
D Scroll to current time in Timeline Panel

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minusplus7. Previews
Space Start or stop preview
Option+Click Reset on Preview Panel Reset preview settings to Standard Preview behaviors
. on numeric keypad Preview only audio, from current time (or use Control+. on main keyboard)
Option+. on numeric keypad Preview only audio, in work area (or use Control+Option+. on main keyboard)
Drag/Alt-Drag current-time indicator Manually preview (scrub) video
Command-Drag current time indicator Manually preview (scrub) audio
Option+0 on numeric keypad Preview number of Frames specified (or Control+Option+0 on main keyboard)
/ on numeric keypad Toggle Mercury Transmit video preview
Shift+F5/F6/F7/F8 Take Snapshot
F5/F6/F7/F8 Display Snapshot in active Viewer
Command+Shift+F5/F6/F7/F8 Purge snapshot
Command+Option+1 Fast Previews > Off
Command+Option+2 Fast Previews > Adaptive Resolution
Command+Option+3 Fast Previews > Draft
Command+Option+4 Fast Previews > Fast Draft
Command+Option+5 Fast Previews > WireFrame

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minusplus8. Views
Shift+/ on numeric keypad Turn display color management on or off for active view
Option+1/2/3/4 Show red, green, blue, or alpha channel as grayscale
Option+Shift+1/2/3/4 Show colorized red, green, or blue channel
Option+Shift+4 Toggle showing straight RGB color
Option+5 Show alpha boundary in Layer Panel
Option+6 Show alpha overlay in Layer Panel
Option+X Show Refine Edge X-ray
Double-click Hand Tool Center Composition in the Panel
./, Zoom in / Zoom out in Composition, Layer, or Footage Panel
/ Zoom to 100% in Composition, Layer, or Footage Panel
Shift+/ Zoom to fit in Composition, Layer, or Footage Panel
Option+/ Zoom up to 100% to fit in Composition, Layer, or Footage Panel
Command+J/Command+Shift+J/Command+Option+J Set resolution to Full, Half, or Custom in Composition Panel
Command+Option+U Open View Options dialog box for active Composition Panel
=/- Zoom in / zoom out time
; Zoom in / zoom out Timeline Panel to single-Frame units
Caps Lock Prevent images from being rendered for previews in Viewer Panels
' 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

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minusplus9. Footage
Command+I Import one file or image sequence
Command+Option+I Import multiple files or image sequences
Double-click footage item in Project Panel 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+Delete 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
Command+H Replace selected Footage item
Command+Option+L Reload selected Footage items
Command+Option+P Set proxy for selected Footage item

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minusplus10. Effects and Animation Presets
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

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minusplus11. Layers
Command+Y New solid Layer
Command+Option+Shift+Y New null Layer
Command+Option+Y New adjustment Layer
09 on numeric keyboard Select Layer (1-999) by its number; type multiple number in quick succession for multiple digits.
Shift+09 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 Layer / 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+B Setting sampling method for selected Layers (Best/Bilinear)
Option+Shift+B Setting sampling method for selected Layers (Best/Bicubic)
Option+Click Solo Switch Turn off all other solo switches
Command+Option+Shift+V Turn Video switch on/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 layers
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
Option-Double-click a layer Open source of a Layer in Footage Panel
Command+Option+R Reverse selected Layers in time
Command+Option+T Enable time remapping for selected Layers
[/] Move selected Layers for InPoint / OutPoint to current time
Option+[/] Trim InPoint / OutPoint 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+, Set InPoint or OutPoint by time-stretching (or Command+Option+,)
Option+Home Move selected Layers so that their InPoint is at beginning of Composition
Option+End Move selected Layers so that their OutPoint is at end of Composition
Command+L/
Command+Shift+L
Lock / Unlock all Layers
Command+U/Command+Shift+U/Command+Option+Shift+U Set Quality to Best, Draft, or WireFrame for selected Layers
Shift+-/= Cycle forward / backward through blending Modes for selected Layers
Command+F Find in Timeline Panel

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minusplus12. Properties and Groups in Timeline Panel
Command+F Find in Timeline Panel
Command+` 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
T Show only Opacity property for lights and Intensity
TT Show only Mask Opacity property
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+Click property / group shortcut Add or remove property or group from set that is shown
Option+Click property shortcut Add or remove Keyframe at current time

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minusplus13. Properties and Groups in Effects Controls Panel
Command+` 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

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minusplus14. Modify Layer 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+Alt+O Open Auto-Orientation dialog box for selected Layers
Command+Shift+O Open Opacity dialog box for Layers
Command+Shift+R Open Rotation dialog box for Layers
Command+Shift+P Open Position dialog box for Layers
Command+Home Center Layers in view
Arrow Keys Move Layers 1 pixel at current magnification
Shift+Arrow Key Move Layers 10 pixels at current magnification
Option+Page Up/Page Down Move Layers 1 Frame earlier / later
Option+Shift+Page Up/Page Down Move Layers 10 Frames earlier / later
+/- on numeric keypad Increase / decrease Z Rotation of Layers by 1°
Shift++/- on numeric keypad Increase / decrease Z Rotation of Layers by 10°
Ctrl+Option+
+/- on numeric keypad
Increase / decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light Layers) of Layers by 1%
Ctrl+Option+Shift+
+/- on numeric keypad
Increase / decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light Layers) of Layers by 10%
Command++/- on numeric keypad Increase / decrease Scale of Layers by 1%
Command+Shift+
+/- on numeric keypad
Increase / decrease Scale of 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 Layers to fit Composition
Command+Option+Shift+H Scale and reposition Layers to fit Composition width, preserving aspect ratio
Command+Option+Shift+G Scale and reposition Layers to fit Composition height, preserving aspect ratio

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minusplus15. 3D Layers
F10 Switch to 3D view 1 (defaults to Front)
F11 Switch to 3D view 2 (defaults to Custom View 1)
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 Look at selected 3D Layers (with a camera Tool selected)
Command+Shift+F Look at all 3D Layers (with a camera Tool selected)
Option+Shift+C Turn Casts Shadows property on / off for selected 3D Layers

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minusplus16. Keyframes and Graph Editor
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
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
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/Command+Shift+F9 Easy ease selected Keyframes in / out
Command+Shift+K Set velocity for selected Keyframes
Option+property shortcut Add or remove Keyframe at current time.

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minusplus17. Text
Command+Option+Shift+T New text Layer
Command+Shift+L Align horizontal text Left
Command+Shift+C Align horizontal text Center
Command+Shift+R Align horizontal text Right align
Command+Shift+L Align vertical text Top
Command+Shift+C
Command+Shift+R Align vertical text Bottom
Shift+
Arrow Right/Arrow Left
Extend selection one character to the right / left
Command+
Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left
Extend selection one word to right / left
Shift+
Arrow Up/Arrow Down
Extend selection one line up / down in horizontal text
Shift+
Arrow Right/Shift+Arrow Left
Extend selection one line to the right / left in vertical text
Command+Shift+
Arrow Up/Arrow Down
Extend selection one word up / down in vertical text
Shift+
Arrow Up/Shift+Arrow Down
Extend selection one character up / down in vertical text
Shift+
Home/End
Select text from insertion point to beginning / end of line
Home/End Move cursor to beginning / end of line
Double-click text layer Select all text on a Layer
Command+Shift+
Home/End
Select text from cursor to beginning / end of text Frame
Shift+Click Select text from cursor to mouse Click point
Arrow Keys Move one character left/right or one line up/down
Command+Arrow Keys
Double-click, and click up to 5 times 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+Ctrl+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 Down/Arrow Up
Increase or decrease leading by 2 units
Command+Option+
Arrow Down/Arrow Up
Increase or 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

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minusplus18. Masks
Command+Shift+N New Mask
Option+Click Mask Select all points in a Mask
Option+`/Option+Shift+` Select next / 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
Command+Shift+M Open Mask Shape dialog box

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minusplus19. Paint Tools
X Swap paint background and foreground colors
D Set paint foreground color to black and background 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 4x4 pixel area under any Paint Tool pointer
Command-Drag Set brush size for a Paint Tool
Command-Drag, then release Command 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
37 Activate a specific Clone Stamp Tool preset
Option+Click the button for the preset Duplicate a Clone Stamp Tool preset in Paint Panel
19 on numeric keypad Set opacity for Paint Tool to 10% thru 90%
. on numeric keypad Set opacity for a Paint Tool to 100%
Shift+19 on numeric keypad Set flow for a Paint Tool 10% thru 90%
Shift+. on numeric keypad Set flow for a Paint Tool to 100%
Command+
Page Up/Page Down
Move earlier or later by number of Frames specified for stroke Duration

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minusplus20. Shape Layers
Command+G/Command+Shift+G Group / 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/ Down Arrow when Dragging to create shape Increase / decrease number of points for star and polygon or roundness for rounded rectangle
Spacebar when Dragging to create shape Reposition Shape during creation
Arrow Left/Right Arrow when Dragging to create shape Set rounded rectangle roundness to 0 / to maximum, or decrease / 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

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minusplus21. Markers
* on numeric keypad Set marker at current time
Option+* on numeric keypad Set marker at current time and open marker dialog box
Shift+09 Set and number a Composition marker (0-9) at the current time
09 Go to a 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

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minusplus22. Motion Tracking
Arrow Key Move feature/search region/attach point 1 pixel at current magnification
Shift+Arrow Key Move feature/search region/attach point 10 pixel at current magnification
Option+Arrow Key Move feature region/search region 1 pixel at current magnification
Option+Shift+Arrow Key Move feature region/search region 10 pixel at current magnification

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minusplus23. Saving, Exporting, and Rendering
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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Sources: Adobe After Effects Keyboard Shortcut Reference


Uploaded by max, updated on 12/3/2015 by bernd