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Vinnie Spano
Select all layers above or below
on Mar 21, 2019 at 6:12:20 pm

I've encountered a strange quirk that I'm not sure how to resolve. When selecting all layers, and then shift+clicking on a layer, After Effects seems to arbitrarily select either all layers above or below the layer that was clicked. I recently worked on a project with 200+ layers, and this made adjusting layers on the timeline very frustrating. Does anyone know how to intentionally select all layers below or above? Currently running AE CC 16.0.1. Thanks!!


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Tomas Bumbulevičius
Re: Select all layers above or below
on Mar 22, 2019 at 8:22:47 am

Hey Vinnie,

could you clarify what is the reason why after selecting all, you decide to do shift+click then? What is the purpose to do this?

One different workaround could be - labelling the layers if you plan to make the same selection over and over again.

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Walter Soyka
Re: Select all layers above or below
on Mar 22, 2019 at 10:21:28 am

[Vinnie Spano] "When selecting all layers, and then shift+clicking on a layer, After Effects seems to arbitrarily select either all layers above or below the layer that was clicked. I recently worked on a project with 200+ layers, and this made adjusting layers on the timeline very frustrating. Does anyone know how to intentionally select all layers below or above?"

Selection in this case seems work inside-out, based on the mouse cursor position. If you select all, then move the mouse UP and shift+click, it will de-select above your clicked layer. If you select all, the move the mouse DOWN and shift+click, it will de-select below your clicked layer.

If you end up with the opposite of the selection you want, you can right-click any of the selected layers and choose "Invert selection" from the context menu.

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Vinnie Spano
Re: Select all layers above or below
on Mar 22, 2019 at 2:42:47 pm

Thank you! This is exactly what I was asking. This will save me a lot of precious time. Appreciate it!


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