There are multiple ways to speed up your workflow in Adobe After Effects, one of the way professional motion graphic designers get there work done faster is to use keyboard shortcuts. Yes believe it or not a few seconds here and there will save you a bunch of time when you have repeating tasks and need to deliver your animation fast.

As a experienced motion designer myself my objective here is to share with you the top After Effects shortcuts you need to speed up your motion graphic workflow, I will also visually show you what each shortcuts does with animated graphics so you don’t have to try or figure it out how the shortcuts works.

Alright it is time to give your mouse some rest let’s get started!

I have organized below some of the best After Effects shortcuts for mac and windows so it is easy for you to browse and find the shortcuts you need.

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Here is a list of the best After Effects keyframe shortcuts every motion designer should know about.

Add Keyframe Shortcuts

Always clicking the stopwatch or the diamond icon every-time to add a keyframe can be annoying, luckily there are shortcuts to quickly add a keyframe for each property (Anchor point, position, scale, rotation, opacity).

add keyframe shortcut after effects

Option + A, P, S, R, T
Alt + Shift + A, P, S, R, T


TIPS:
With the keyframe shortcuts above you can also remove quickly remove a keyframe by doing re-pressing the same shortcuts.after effects split video shortcut

Easy Ease Keyframe Shortcut

 F9 
 F9
Easy Ease Keyframe

Easy Ease In Keyframe Shortcut

 Shift + F9 
Shift + F9

Easy Ease Out Keyframe Shortcut

 Command+Shift+F9 
 CTRL + Shift + F9
Easy Ease Out keyframe

Reveal Keyframes on a layer

To quickly check where you keyframe are on the timeline, simply hit U

 PRESS U
PRESS U

Reveal keyframes on After Effects

Reveal Keyframes expression on a layer

To show only modified keyframe properties with expressions.

 PRESS UU
PRESS UU

reveal keyframe expression on layer

Go to Next or Previous Keyframe

Go to the Previous Keyframe

  Press J  
 Press J 
Go to the Next Keyframe

 Press K 
 Press K

go to next or previous keyframe shortcuts

If you want to know more about keyframe in After Effects check out this tutorial