After Effects Tip: Paste Layers At Current Time

In this post, you will learn how to quickly and efficiently copy and paste layers at the current time in Adobe After Effects using a simple keyboard shortcut. Let’s dive right in!

Let’s open up Adobe After Effect and for this example, I’m going to select my UKRAMEDIA.COM text layer in my timeline. I will copy the selected text layer with the copy keyboard shortcut (CTRL+C on a PC or CMD+C on a Mac).

Copy keyboard shortcut in Adobe After Effects

Next, I want to paste the UKRAMEDIA.COM text layer we just copied right to the location of my current time indicator. We can do that by pasting the UKRAMEDIA.COM text layer in our timeline with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+V on a PC or CMD+V on a MAC.

Paste keyboard shortcut in Adobe After Effects

However, pasting the UKRAMEDIA.COM text layer inside of our timeline is not a very efficient solution because it will paste whatever we copied right at the beginning of our own timeline, not at the current time indicator.

Current Time Indicator After Effects

I guess we can click and drag the UKRAMEDIA.COM text layer and shift snap it to the time indicator but that’s one too many steps.

Shift snap to current time indicator After Effects

There is a much quicker and easier way to do this. I promise! Let me show you.

Paste Layers At Current Time Keyboard Shortcut

First, copy the UKRAMEDIA.COM text layer the same way we did in the previous example with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+C on a PC or CMD+C on a Mac.

Next, we are going to use paste layer at a current time using a keyboard shortcut CTRL+ALT+V on a PC or CMD+ALT+V on a MAC.

Past Layers at Current Time in After Effects

As you can see, this keyboard shortcut will place the text layer right at the location of our current time indicator.

Current Time Indicator After Effects

Applying Paste Layers At Current Time Keyboard Shortcut on Multiple Layers

The paste layers at the current time keyboard shortcut can also work on multiple layers in the After Effects timeline. For example, I can select the two layers in my After Effects timeline and copy them with the copy keyboard shortcut we used earlier (CTRL+C on a PC or CMD+C on a Mac.)

Select and Copy both layers in After Effects

Then I can paste the two selected layers with the paste at the current time indicator keyboard shortcut we used earlier (CTRL+ALT+V on a PC or CMD+ALT+V on a MAC). As you can see both of my selected layers are not placed right at your current time indicator

Paste multiple layers in After Effect time indicator

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About the author:

Sergei Prokhnevskiy

Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a Charlotte, NC based motion graphics designer, an online tutor, an entrepreneur, and Adobe MAX Master Speaker. Sergei is known for his quick and practical After Effects tips and tricks on YouTube, where he generated well over 6 million views on his tutorials. He has authored an online video course on After Effects Expressions and developed scripts for After Effects. He is also a former senior motion graphics designer at Fox Sports where he worked on graphics for NFL, Super Bowl, MLB, World Series, College Football, NASCAR, Women’s World Cup, and NASCAR Race Hub. He is very passionate about learning and teaching others.

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