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Select multiple properties, layer, or effects at one time and create a control layer with connected checkbox controls.
Customizable control layer naming
Create a new control layer or add to existing control layer
Works on layers, effects, and most properties!
We had a pretty complicated set up on a recent project, and in true After Effects fashion, things got bogged down and were running pretty slow. In order to speed up our workflow, we created some controls to easily turn the slow layers and effects off while we were working, and then back on to render or tweak the look.
Setting that stuff up over and over again isn’t any fun so we put together a quick script to make it easier! This will be an ongoing development as we add more controls and customization options, but we wanted to share the starting point with you. Everything starts simple and rough, which is why we want to share this kind of stuff early in the process
All of our source code is available on our github repo if you want to take a look and see how it works or build on it yourself!
Select the properties, layers, or effects you want to control
Optional: edit the “Control Layer Name”
If a layer with this name already exists, the controls will be applied to this layer. If it doesn’t exist, it will create a new control layer. You can use this functionality to have multiple unique control layers for different controls.
Click “Take Control”
Control your layers with the new checkbox controls!
This script isn’t a complicated or fancy one - primarily for convenience and time saving. The power behind it come from this expression and basic variations on it:
Apply this expression to the property you want to control (like opacity) and make sure it is referencing the correct control layer. Here’s how it works: