One of my favorite features in Adobe After Effects is called Copy with Property Links. Using copy/paste with property links when copying an effect will allow you to use one effect for more than one layer. Let me show you a few examples. Let’s dive right in!
Alright, so here we are in Adobe After Effects. As usual, my setup is simple. For this example, I just have one large UKRAMEDIA logo on the left side of the screen and four small ones on the right side.
I’m going to select all five of my logo’s and hit R on my keyboard to reveal the rotation property.
I want for the rotation property of my big UKRAMEDIA logo on the left side to be the driver for the other four logos on the right side.
In other words, when I move the rotation property of my big UKRAMEDIA logo, I want for the other four logos to do the same thing.
To do that, I’m going to ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a Mac, on the rotation property, and just pick whip to the rotation property.
That’s one way to do it. Next, right-click on the selected layer and click on the Copy Expression Only option.
Then paste copied properties on all of the other properties with the paste keyboard shortcut CTRL+V on a PC /CMD+V on a Mac.
So now, you can see that the expression was applied to all other layers. If I move the rotation property of the last UKRAMEDIA logo, you will notice that all the other UKRAMEDIA logos also move with the main logo.
Fortunately, there is a much simpler and faster way of doing this. Let me show you!
Copy with Property Links
Let’s CTRL+Z on a PC or CMD+Z on a Mac and undo everything we just created.
Instead of doing what we did above, this time, all you have to do is select the rotation property of the big UKRAMEDIA logo or the driver.
Next, go to Edit and select Copy with Property Links, or you can use the Copy with Property Link keyboard shortcuts CTRL+ALT+C on a PC or CMD+ALT+C on a Mac.
I’m going to use the Copy with Property Links keyboard shortcut. So press CTRL+ALT+C on a PC or CMD+ALT+C on a Mac.
Then select all other properties and paste copied property links to them with the use of the paste keyboard shortcut CTRL+V on a PC or CMD+V on a Mac.
So it says: go to…, and it has a specific name here comp(“Copy With Property Link”)
Then it tells us to grab the rotation property from this layer .layer(“MAIN – UKRAMEDIA LOGO”).transform.rotation.
Now the problem with that is that if I were to select the Copy with Property Links composition and duplicate it with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+D on a PC or CMD+D on a Mac and
If I try to rotate the rotation property inside of the MAIN – UKRAMEDIA LOGO layer, you will find that nothing that nothing is happening.
The reason why nothing is happening is that the rotation property of my other layers is still pointing to the Copy With Property Links comp.
If I go back to the Copy With Property Link comp and adjust the rotation property of the MAIN – UKRAMEDIA LOGO, then go back to my Copy With Property Links 2 comp, you can see that everything was changed also because it is pointing to Copy With Property Link comp.
That’s a problem, but let me show you how to fix it. I’m going to undo everything with the undo keyboard shortcut CTRL+Z on a PC or CMD+Z on a Mac.
Now instead of doing what we did in the earlier example, just select the rotation property of your driver or the MAIN -UKRAMEDIA LOGO layer and go to Edit and choose Copy with Relative Property Links.
Next, select the other rotation properties and CTRL+V on a PC or CMD+V on a Mac to paste our relative property links.
So now it does the same thing, but if you look closer at the expression, you will notice that instead of it pointing to a specific comp, it just says go to thisComp, and it can be any comp it is currently located.
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