You'll wish you knew these sooner...
These hotkeys are the real Hidden Gems, the ones that will make you do a little happy dance when you learn them. They do useful things like splitting your layers, kerning your type, and hiding all of the stuff in your Comp viewer you don't need to see. Prepare to become the Über efficient MoGrapher.
If you want a neat and tidy list of all of these hotkeys grab the PDF Quick Reference Sheet by becoming a VIP member at the bottom of this page.
Hotkey Hidden Gems
Split Your Layers
Cmd + Shift + D
Show the Graph Editor
Shift + F3
If you've taken Animation Bootcamp you know how vitally important the Graph Editor is to good animation. To easily toggle between the Layer Bars and Graph Editor all you need is Shift + F3.
Search For It
Cmd + F
If you need to find something in the Timeline fast use Cmd + F to jump to the search box. You can also use this hotkey in the Project Panel.
Pro Tip: If you're missing footage you can find it easily by using Cmd + F in the Project Panel and type in "Missing" to bring up any missing footage you might have. This also works with Fonts and Effects.
The secrets of After Effects are yours...
You know all of the hidden hotkey gems that every Mographer should have in their arsenal. You can search for layers and missing footage, minimize and maximize panels without destroying your layout, and save frames for client review with super speed.
Of course these aren't the only hotkeys out there. If you're up for it check out the entire list of After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts. It's a very extensive list, but you might find more hotkey gems to add to your workflow.
Before you go don't forget to pick up that handy PDF cheat sheet with all of the hotkeys you learned, just in case one slips your mind. Scroll a bit further down this page and become a VIP member to grab it.
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