Paste Layers at Current Time in After Effects

In this quick post, I will show you how to quickly paste layers at current time in After Effects. Let me show you what I am talking about.

So we am in After Effects and I have a simple layer I want to copy.

To do that, I need to first select the layer I want to copy and then copy that layer with a keyboard shortcut CTRL+C on a PC or CMD+C on a Mac.

Next step would be to paste that copied layer with a keyboard shortcut CTRL+V on a PC or CMD+V on a Mac.

As you can see from the picture above, the copied layer is placed directly above my main layer, which is great, but I want that copy placed to the exact location of my time indicator.

Fortunately, to paste at current time is very easy in After Effects. All we have to do is use a simple keyboard shortcut that is very similar to the paste keyboard shortcut.

The keyboard shortcut is CTRL+ALT+V on a PC and CMD+OPT+V on a Mac.

That simple! I hope you found this tip useful.

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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