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Cole Boscaljon
Toggle Transparency Grid Shortcut in After Effects
on Jul 28, 2016 at 6:26:24 pm

Does anyone know if it possible that the Transparency Grid can be toggled on/off with a shortcut? (Even if that includes creating a script that is assigned to a custom shortcut).


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Walter Soyka
Re: Toggle Transparency Grid Shortcut in After Effects
on Jul 28, 2016 at 7:58:44 pm

There is neither an entry in the shortcuts file nor a way to access the transparency grid from scripting. This would make a good feature request.

Walter Soyka
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Greg C Neumayer
Re: Toggle Transparency Grid Shortcut in After Effects
on Jul 28, 2016 at 10:21:50 pm

I've always hated the colors, so notwithstanding Walter's answer, I changed the colors so they were (what I consider) much more helpful. I made them a neutral green-gray and a purple-gray so most everything showed up without giving me a headache. Here's a link to my notes about it. Note that the exact line numbers may have shifted.

https://antifreezedesign.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/after-effects-change-defa...


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: Toggle Transparency Grid Shortcut in After Effects
on Jul 29, 2016 at 10:10:19 am
Last Edited By Kalle Kannisto on Jul 29, 2016 at 10:15:45 am

I vaguely recall using a macro program some 15 years ago (possibly QuicKeys) that could simulate button pressing on the screen (meaning clicking the mouse at a specific point on the screen). So at least theoretically if you have a workspace where you keep the toggle button always in the same screen location you could probably find some such program to work around this. QuicKeys doesn't exist today, but maybe some other program can do this.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Toggle Transparency Grid Shortcut in After Effects
on Oct 19, 2016 at 1:41:16 pm

I know I said this wasn't accessible in scripting... but I was wrong. I found an undocumented way to do it:

http://www.keenlive.com/renderbreak/2016/10/keen-toggletransparencygrid/

You can assign shortcuts to specific script items, so toggling the transparency grid from the keyboard is now possible.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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