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Thomas Brecheisen
AE Layer Timeline Gradient
on Dec 10, 2015 at 6:47:07 am

This has been hard to Google, since there are millions of results for "Gradient Tool," but a student sent me a screenshot of his timeline and one of his layers has a gradient in the timeline. If this is something common on old, I've never come across it. Is it common or new?

I recognize the screenshot lacks information in the layers, but I believe this either an Adjustment Layer or Solid with an effect keyframed on it. I asked for a more detailed screenshot, but did not receive one yet. I thought I'd ask in case this IS enough information. If not, please let me know what I need to capture to get an answer. Thanks guys!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/84st8ofup1myjqs/Screen%20Shot%202015-12-09%20at%2...


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Walter Soyka
Re: AE Layer Timeline Gradient
on Dec 10, 2015 at 2:22:06 pm

That shows a color property which has been keyframed from yellow to black.

Any color control will do this; a light's color, a shape's fill/stroke color, a color control on an effect like Fill, etc. Once a color property has been keyframed, you can twirl it open and see this color band (or press the U key to reveal keyframes) and how it changes over time.

It has been around for quite some time, but if you never keyframe colors, you'll never see it.

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Thomas Brecheisen
Re: AE Layer Timeline Gradient
on Dec 10, 2015 at 3:33:18 pm

Thanks Walter. I've been using and teaching AE for years and NEVER seen that before. I guess this leads to my next question.... how do you keyframe the color? I don't see a keyframe option when I select the label color. Thanks!


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Walter Soyka
Re: AE Layer Timeline Gradient
on Dec 10, 2015 at 4:33:10 pm

It's not a label color.

Add the Fill effect to a layer. Click the stopwatch next to the Color control. Move the timeline forward and change the color. Press U in the timeline with the layer selected to reveal its changed keyframes. You'll see the Color control shows the color at the current time via that gradient.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Thomas Brecheisen
Re: AE Layer Timeline Gradient
on Dec 12, 2015 at 6:23:27 am
Last Edited By Thomas Brecheisen on Dec 12, 2015 at 6:25:24 am

Ah, it's an effect on the layer, not the actual layer itself, got it. The screengrab I was given looks like it was it's own layer at first glance.

Well, that's awesome. I never knew that happened. Do any other effects give you visual information like that within the timeline? I think I'll have to investigate. Thanks.

Solved: Walter Dec 10


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