5 After Effects Keyframe Tips
Premium Beat listed 5 After Effects Keyframe Tips, but they’re not really tips. They’re more like, Keyframes for Dummies, listing definitions and stuff.
Well at least I figured out what those different symbols were:
The type of keyframe you see is a visual shorthand telling you how the keyframe will behave. By default, keyframes in the timeline are linear and represented as a diamond. This means the speed is constant. Using only these will give your animation a robotic quality (when in real life most things build up or ease down in speed and don’t move at a constant value).
After Effects gives you the ability to ease a keyframe, so speed more organically builds up or slows down. Select a keyframe. right click, chooseKeyframe Assistant> Easy Ease. This eases both sides of the keyframe (looks like an hour glass). This works well for beginning & end keyframes but generally not for middle keyframes. Command/Control click on the middle keyframe twice, to get the auto bezier keyframe (circle) for a smooth rate of change.