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favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: compositing options for each effect, including effect masks

In After Effects CC 2014 (13.0), we added a Compositing Options property group in the Timeline panel for every effect, which includes a couple of very powerful compositing controls: By default, the Compositing Options property group includes an Effect Opacity property, which can be thought of as providing the same functionality as the Blend With […]

tip: adding a keyboard shortcut for the Time Reverse Keyframes command

Here’s a tip from David Simons, one of the original creators of After Effects: To change Command+Shift+R (Mac OS) or Ctrl+Shift+R (Windows) to run the Time Reverse Keyframes command instead of opening the fairly useless Rotate dialog box (which goes back to After Effects 1.0), do this: 1) Run After Effects 2) Open the Preferences […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: improved scaling with bicubic sampling and Detail-preserving Upscale effect

One important area of focus for us over the past couple of years has been improving how images are scaled in After Effects, especially since so many of our users need to be able to upscale images from SD (standard-definition) sizes to HD (high-definition) or digital cinema sizes. Beginning in After Effects CC (12.0), you […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: new layer created above selected layers

Beginning in After Effects CC (12.1), most commands that create a new layer create the layer immediately above the topmost selected layer. If no layer is selected, then the new layer is created at the top of the layer stack. In previous versions of After Effects, most commands that created a new layer would create […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: automatically trim precomposition duration

On the After Effects team, we have a rotating role known as “product owner”. The product owner’s job is to set the priorities for a specific version of the application. When I became product owner in the middle of 2013, my stated goal was to have the next few versions of After Effects remove the […]

What is your favorite change (feature, fix, tweak) in After Effects from version 12.0 or later?

What is your favorite change (whether a new feature, a tweaked behavior, or a bug fix) in After Effects CC (12.0) or later? Please answer here, not in the comments on this blog post. Since we moved to the Creative Cloud model, we’ve been more able to focus on tweaks to make workflows more efficient, […]

Join us tomorrow for a Character Animator design discussion

Join us tomorrow, July 29th, for a Character Animator design discussion. The Character Animator engineers and designers will be holding two one-hour design meetings—one at at 9:30AM and one at 4:30PM—to hear your ideas for Character Animator. (Times are in US Pacific Time, since we’re mostly in Seattle and San Francisco.) We’ll start with a […]

Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015 (9.0.1) bug-fix update

The Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015 (9.0.1) bug-fix update is now available. You can install the update through the Creative Cloud desktop application, or you can check for new updates from within any Adobe application by choosing Help > Updates. You can also manually download and install this update for Windows and Mac OS. For […]

Character Animator (Preview 2) now available

The Character Animator (Preview 2) update is now available. You can install the update through the Creative Cloud desktop application, or you can check for new updates from within any Adobe application by choosing Help > Updates. This update includes many fixes and changes, including the following: more accurate face tracking more accurate lip synch […]

After Effects CC 2015 (13.5.1) bug-fix update available: many fixes to previews and more

The After Effects CC 2015 (13.5.1) bug-fix update is now available. This bug-fix update also includes a few small behavior changes. You can install the update through the Creative Cloud desktop application, or you can check for new updates from within any Adobe application by choosing Help > Updates. For details of what was added, changed, […]