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Customizing After Effects Workspace with Custom Layouts

April 22, 2021 ·
Max Kravchenko
Max Kravchenko Motion Designer & Tutor

Learn how to make the custom layouts and save them.

Customizing After Effects Workspace with Custom Layouts

After Effects provides a versatile workspace that can be customized to suit your specific needs and preferences. By creating and exporting custom layouts, you can streamline your workflow and access essential tools more efficiently. This guide will walk you through the process of customizing your After Effects workspace and exporting these layouts for future use.

1. Understanding After Effects Workspace

After Effects offers a flexible workspace with various panels and windows. Familiarize yourself with the default layout, which includes essential panels such as Composition, Timeline, Project, and Effects.

2. Creating Custom Workspace Layouts

To create a custom workspace layout:

a. Adjust Panel Arrangement: – Arrange panels according to your preferences. – Resize, dock, or undock panels to create a layout that suits your workflow.

b. Save Workspace: – Go to the “Window” menu. – Select “Workspace” and then “New Workspace.” – Enter a name for your custom workspace and click “OK.”

3. Exporting Custom Workspaces

Exporting a custom workspace allows you to use it across different projects or share it with others.

a. Access Export Options: – Navigate to the “Window” menu. – Select “Workspace” and choose “Export Workspace.”

b. Specify Location and Name: – Choose a location to save the exported workspace file. – Provide a descriptive name for the file.

c. Save the Workspace File: – Click “Save” to export the custom workspace.

4. Importing Custom Workspaces

Importing a custom workspace is useful when you want to use a layout created in a different project.

a. Access Import Options: – Go to the “Window” menu. – Select “Workspace” and then “Import Workspace.”

b. Select Workspace File: – Choose the exported workspace file. – Click “Open” to import the custom workspace.

5. Saving and Managing Custom Workspaces

After creating and exporting custom workspaces, you may want to organize and manage them efficiently.

a. Organize Workspaces: – Use the “Workspace” menu to switch between saved layouts.

b. Delete Unwanted Workspaces: – Navigate to the “Workspace” menu. – Select “Workspace” and choose “Delete Workspace” to remove unwanted layouts.

c. Default Workspace: – Set a default workspace that After Effects opens with by selecting “Default” in the “Workspace” menu.

By following these steps, you can create, export, and manage custom After Effects workspaces, optimizing your workflow and enhancing your overall editing experience.

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