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Increment and Save in After Effects

This tutorial explains how Increment and Save works in Adobe After Effects. It’s a simple method for backing up your projects as you work without having to quit out of AE.

Keyboard shortcut:
Mac – Cmd+Opt+Shift+S
PC – Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S

Increment and Save Tutorial Recap

Increment and Save in After Effects takes your AE project file and adds a number to it. Let’s say your project is titled Sample Project 01. When you use Increment and Save the project file becomes Sample Project 02. Do it again and it becomes Sample Project 03.

This is super useful whenever you’re doing something complex or anything you aren’t completely sure if it’ll work. It allows you to iterate without fear of having to do too many undos.

You can repeat this as often as needed. I typically do this every 30-40 minutes. When I was first getting started with After Effects I was doing it like every 5 minutes lol. AE project files are typically pretty small so I don’t ever find file sizes becoming an issue. In a worst-case scenario you can always delete some of the really old iterations of the project.

Finder folder showing Increment and Save of After Effects projectsYou can perform an Increment and Save either by going to the File menu and choosing Increment and Save or using the keyboard shortcut (see above!).

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Show and Hide Properties in After Effects

This tutorial covers different keyboard shortcuts in Adobe After Effects to show and hide layer properties. You’ll learn the transform shortcuts, how to show and hide keyframed properties, how to show and hide any altered property and more.

Recapping Tutorial on Show and Hide Properties

To show and hide the Transform properties in After Effects use the following keyboard shortcuts P.A.R.T.S. This is explained below. Select a layer and hit the p, a, r, t, or s key.

  • P = Position
  • A = Anchor Point
  • R = Rotation
  • T = Opacity (for this think T for o-pac-i-TEE or T for Transparency)
  • S = Scale

If you want to show multiple properties, hit one of the P.A.R.T.S. keys then hold Shift then hit another. You can add more than one property as well.

To show or hide the Masks properties of a layer hit the M key. If you hit the M key twice in a row rapidly it’ll show all the Mask parameters.

Next, if you want to see just the properties on layers with keyframes on them hit the U key. I recommend hitting Command+A (Mac) or Control+A (PC) first to select all the layers then hit the U key to see all keyframes on all properties on every layer. When you hit the U key twice in a row rapidly any property that has been adjusted will show up.

One last bonus tip! Hold down the Shift key plus the Option key (Mac) or Alt key (Windows) and click on a parameter and it’ll hide it from view.


Additional Suggested Viewing: Increment and Save in After Effects Tutorial

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Replace Layer Shortcut in After Effects

This tutorial is on how to replace a layer in After Effects. I’ll show you the simple replace layer shortcut that’ll keep all the properties of a layer when you replace it in After Effects.

Recapping Tutorial on the Replace Layer Shortcut in After Effects

Let’s say you have a layer in your After Effects Comp and you love everything about it. It’s positioning is correct and all the different effects and whatnot applied to it are perfect. But you need to swap it out for a different source. This could be footage, a graphic, a PSD, a JPEG, an audio file like WAV or MP3, or really just about any type of media used in a composition.

To do this, select the layer in the composition you want to replace. Next select the layer in the Project Panel you want to replace it with. Now hold down Opt if you’re on a Mac or Alt if you’re on a PC then select the layer in the Project Panel and drag and drop it onto the layer stack in the Comp.

Replace Layer Shortcut in After Effects
Select the layer in the Comp. Then select the replacement layer in the Project Panel. Hold Opt/Alt then drag and drop the replacement layer onto the layer stack.

Boom! Using the shortcut you replaced the layer in your composition in After Effects.

I use this all the time when I need to do the same move or effect on multiple clips. Do it once, duplicate the layer but hitting Command+D if you’re on a Mac or Control+D if you’re on a PC then do the replace layer shortcut. Repeat as needed.


Suggested Additional Viewing: Show and Hide Properties in After Effects Tutorial

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