Using Layer Labels as a Selection Tool in After Effects

In this quick post, I will show you how you can quickly use layer labels as a selection tool in After Effects.

In After Effects, color label is not just to make your layer look pretty. It is also a selection tool.

Here is a quick example of what I am talking about. Let’s say I want to select only blue layers. 

To do that is super simple, all I have to do is click on the blue layer and then choose Select Label Group from the dropdown menu.

When you do that, it will select all of your blue layers like so.

That simple! By the way, you can do this for any color, which is a huge timesaver. I hope you found this quick 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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