In our ongoing aim to make your After Effects experience better, we are excited to introduce the new Properties Panel to the beta today (22.2.0x29).
As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback here in the forum. Your responses help us know when features are ready to ship or if they need more polishing. Please speak up and help us build the product you need!
Create motion graphics quicker and with greater ease inside the new Properties Panel. Cut down on your twirl-time by quickly accessing the properties you need the most. New designers coming from Photoshop and Illustrator should feel right at home with controls available where you are used to finding them.
This first build brings an easier way of working with Shape layers. Select a shape either in the composition window or timeline, and you will find its properties shown in the panel for easy access. If you change a value in the panel, it will change in the timeline as well. Select multiple shapes on a layer to change their values at the same time.
Alongside the Shape properties, we’ve also added basic layer transforms for Anchor Point, Position, Scale, Rotation and Opacity. The values can be modified for multiple layers at once when selected together.
How to Use Properties Panel
Select a Shape layer in the timeline, or in the composition window double-click to select a specific shape within that layer. The Properties Panel, which will be at the upper right side of the panel stack, will display the properties for your selection. You may need to extend the bottom edge of the panel down to see all the controls, or you can scroll down instead.
For a longer introduction check out the attached video below.
Have fun with it!
Known Issues and Workarounds
Hey @Christine Goldby!
Here's a screen recording where I was able to reproduce this. Hopefully this is helpful. 🙂
Windows 10 Pro
64 GB Ram
GTX 1060 6GB
As mentioned above, this is currently on AE v22.2.0x91
Finally had the opportunity to play with the Properties Panel on a recent project. I see some of these mentioned, but I'll add support to:
Properties Panel is indeed a great addition!
I second all suggestions above and would like to add the ability to select 2 layers and Pickwhip between those properties.
Also a 'reveal properties in timeline' would be handy.
+ settings for lights and camera as well.
I think it was said elswhere but I would love to see:
-- Full stroke options (dashes, taper, wave)
Another idea that would be great if implemented is some way too enable setting keyframes for selected shape sub layers/groups...
I.E. If you have a shape or group selected within a "Shape Layer" in the timeline or property layer stack, than hitting Alt+Shift+P will set the position property of that shape, and not the global position of the layer. If you are only selected on the layer itself than it would set the position of the layer globally. Currently when doing shape layer heavy projects with a many sub elements setting keyframes becomes tedius for someone who is used to using the keyboard shortcuts.
Thanks @scrozier . I will add your vote to the stroke options, that has definitely come up a bunch. But that's an interesting second point you bring up on having a keyboard shortcut that could specify whether you are altering the shape transforms or layer transforms for a quicker workflow. Adding it to the list!
Yes, development for the properties panel is on track. Our current focus is getting Text ready for public beta, which is coming soon.
Regarding the performance issue, I was having difficulty reproducing the slowdown because I assumed that users were referring to dragging layers in the comp viewer panel. But thanks to your screen recording Bruno, I see now that the issue occurs when scrubbing values in the PP result in a re-draw delay. That’s the bug and is prioritized for a fix.
On version 22.5.0 (Build 32) it's better, it's almost as slow as everything else, so much faster than before :D. But too bad everything is broken : Shape Properties / Size : it's blocked on 100.
It makes me sad this waste of time on this panel that doesn't work, while I would like to have a panel that replaces the Pseudo Effect. Take the Pseudo Effect out of the effects so that it can be applied to cameras and lights and that it doesn't break the 3D rendering on vector layers and reduced pre-compositions : because it wouldn't be an effect anymore !
Good to know that you're seeing some improvement with performance when interacting with the Properties Panel. Sorry to hear that you're experiencing other difficulties with Ae.
Regarding the shape properties size being clamped at 100%, that's a bug and thanks for bringing it to my attention. I can reproduce it and I have filed a bug report.
The properties panel is a work in progress (beta), and we encourage you to continue using it and reporting issues in your workflow so we can incorporate your feedback into shipping a feature that you’re happy with and will use in production.
The Reset button works on Shape Transform but not on Shape Properties
Another good one, Bruno. Thanks for the report. A bug has been filed and is in our queue.
You should rather develop a custom properties system in this panel. Something that can be fully customized, a modern version of Pseudo Effects (and that would not be effects, so it would be possible on cameras and lights and would not cause problems with the collapse/Rasterize function of 3D layers). And that can be created by script.