There are currently four new improvements to the Solids Folder in the latest version of Adobe After Effects. Let me show you what they are.
Let’s open After Effects and dive right in!
First Improvement in After Effects
I have a simple project in After Effects with a text, a shape, and a background layer in my composition.
Step 1: Create a New Solid
First, let’s select the composition and press CTRL+Y on a PC/COMMAND+Y on a Mac. Press OK.
When we press OK, After Effects automatically creates a new Solids Folder inside of our Project Panel.
Now when we create new Nulls, Solids, and Adjustment Layers, they automatically will be placed inside of our Solids Folder in the Projects Panel.
The older version of After Effects had a small problem when working with the Solids Folder. In the old version, if you changed the name of the Solids Folder, it would automatically stop placing new Nulls, Solids, and Adjustment Layers inside of the renamed folder. Instead, it would create another Solids Folder and put them there. It was annoying.
However, this is no longer a problem in the new version of After Effects. Even if we change the name of the Solids Folder, it will still gather all of our new Nulls, Solids, and Adjustment Layers in the same folder. Let me show you an example.
Step 2: Changing the Solid Folder Name
Let’s select the Solids Folder and hit enter on the keyboard to change the name to SOLIDS instead.
Next, you will see the Change Solids Folder window pop up that says the following: “You have changed the name of the folder where solids, nulls, and adjustments layers are created. Do you want these new project items to be created in “SOLIDS”? If not, new project items will be created in a folder named “Solids.”
Change the solid color to the color red and click OK. Now there are two different solids in the SOLIDS Folder.
Second Improvement in After Effects
The next improvement is a minor one, but it is still great!
Older versions of After Effects didn’t allow us to nest our Solids Folder inside of other folders in the Project Panel. I mean, you could technically move your folder, but it would no longer be the solids folder. It would become a folder full of solids instead.
It would become disconnected, so to speak. Meaning, After Effect would no longer store any new Nulls, Solids, and Adjustment Layers inside of that folder. Instead, it will create a Solids Folder and store all of our new Nulls, Solids, and Adjustment Layers there.
However, it is no longer a problem with the new version of After Effects. We can now change the names of our Solids Folder and nest it anywhere we want because After Effects will still recognize it. Let me show you a quick example.
Let’s again go back to our composition and create another new solid with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+Y on a PC/COMMAND+Y on a MAC.
As you can see from the example below, the new solid is stored now stored in the SOLIDS Folder nested inside of the ASSETS folder.
Third Improvement in After Effects
The third improvement is my favorite one! We can now assign any folders in our After Effects Project Panel to be the Solids Folder. Let me show you an example.
Step 1: Create a New Folder
First, I am going to create a new folder inside of our Projects Panel in After Effect. I will name the new folder UKRAMEDIA.COM.
Step 2: Assign a Solids Folder
Then RIGHT-CLICK on the new UKRAMEDIA.COM folder and select Solid Folder. That simple!
Step 3: Test the Solid Folder
Let’s test it to make sure our solids are now stored inside of the UKRAMEDIA.COM folder.
Let’s again go back to our composition to create another new solid with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+Y on a PC/COMMAND+Y on a MAC.
Hit OK and now you should see our new solid stored inside of our UKRAMEDIA.COM folder.
Fourth Improvement in After Effects
The last improvement is also very useful. We can now set the default name of the Solids Folder in After Effects. So, instead of it always being Solids, we can now set it to whatever we want. Let me show you a quick example.
Go to Edit – Preferences – New Project.
You can enter the desired name in the pop-up box. I will enter UKRAMEDIA.COM for this example. Press OK.
Create a new Project with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+ALT+N on a PC/COMMAND+OPTION+N on a Mac.
Then create a new Composition with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+N on a PC/COMMAND+N on a Mac. Press OK.
And lastly, I will create a new Solid with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+N on a PC or COMMAND+N on a Mac. Press OK.
And now our Solids Folder default name is UKRAMEDIA.COM instead of Solids.
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