Steve Kilisky's Dynamic Media Blog

September 22, 2006

Favorite Shortcuts #1 & #2

A few of us were at lunch talking about AE and someone mentioned that they thought the SS key was an underappreciated keyboard shorcut. So this post is dedicated to the SS shortcut and its inventor.

Oh right what does SS do? SS is a way to solo all selected properties of a layer or across multiple layers.

My personal current fav shortcut is the tilde key which maximizes the panel under the mouse cursor to full screen. Great way to focus your attention on the Comp or Timeline panels. Not recommended for the info Panel though.

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September 15, 2006

And the Beat Goes On

I was poking around the Artbeats web site and discovered they have a Tips n Tricks section that has quite a few AE tutorials by Trish and Chris Meyer, Steve Holmes, and Angie Taylor; all long-time and very talented After Effects users.

Lots of good stuff to add to one's bag-o-tricks.

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February 11, 2006

Improving UI Font Appearance

If you are running After Effects 7.0 on Windows, I find the UI fonts are easier on the eyes if you have ClearType enabled which improves the antialiasing if you are using a flat screen display (I haven't tried this on a CRT).

To enable ClearType, go to the Appearance tab in your Display Settings and open the Effects dialog. Change the font edge smoothing from "Standard" to ClearType, and apply.

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January 22, 2006

Expressions and Scripting Made Easy(ier)

Expressions and Scripting (Scripting is only in AE Pro) are two very powerful features in After Effects. Some AE users (including myself) shy away from digging into expressions (maybe due to unpleasant flashbacks I have about high school trigonometry). Or maybe you are into expressions and scripting, but want an alternative to the materials than what come with AE. If you fall into either of these camps, or havemade a new years resolution to explore these capabilities in greater depth, several AE users have created online resources to help make this almost eazy peazy (certainly easier than losing 50 lbs., at least for me).

I would start out with J.J. Giffords site. It is a little out-of-date (last I heard J.J. had made a career shift), but it is a good warm-up before immersing yourself into MotionScript.com.

This site is Dan Ebberts' in-depth exploration of both expressions and scripting. Dan is amazing. Not only does he have a deep understanding of expressions but he is extremely generous about sharing his knowledge and helping answer user questions on the Creative COW AE forum. as well as the AE Mailing list and probably other forums as well. Thanks, Dan!

Hungry for more (or looking for a resolution for 2007), then the scripting fundamentals section at redefinery is just the ticket. This site is hosted by Jeff Almasol. While you're there, check out his sample scripts.

Last but not least, AE Enhancers is a web site to share scripts, expressions, and presets; as well as discuss these topics on forums. You can also find some tutorials here as well.

That's all for now. Time to settle in front of the other screen in my house and watch the Seattle Seahawks hopefully scrap their way into the Super Bowl.

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