Having accidentally destroyed several of my computers’ keyboards over the years by spilling liquid on them, I decided to write today’s blog entry about keyboards and the next think you know I knocked an entire container of orange juice all over my desk.
Well, I was saved this time by virtue of this great little After Effects keyboard cover from KB Covers that Steve K gave me a few weeks ago. I wasn’t going to write about its protective nature until . . . well . . . you already know what happened.
KB makes a nice line of rubber keyboard covers with keycaps for After Effects, Photoshop, and several other apps. Keycaps (i.e. key overlays that show you what specific keys do in an application) are a major helper when you’re learning keyboard shortcuts, and since you can work so much faster in AE by using both hands you should learn as many keyboard shortcuts as you can.
If you’d prefer to have a keyboard with the AE keycaps built right in, there are several on the market (Google “After Effects Keyboard”) but one of the things I like about the KB Cover is that I can easily switch it to the Photoshop version or remove it entirely if I want to do some straight typing. Then, of course, there’s that built-in-spill-proofing . . .