#323 After Effects: Anchor Point 101

How To Center the Anchor Point in Adobe After Effects CC 2020

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After Effects CC: How To Center Anchor Point

TTThis tutorial is about how to move and center the Anchor Point in Adobe After Effects CC 2020.

What is an anchor point? The anchor point is what a layer uses as a reference point to scale or rotate from. For example, if the anchor point is located at the center of a shape layer when you increase the scale or rotate the position, it will scale or rotate from the center.

  1. How To Move the Anchor Point without moving layer
  2. How To Center the Anchor Point using a keyboard shortcut
  3. How to change Preferences to center anchor point in New Shape Layers

Note: There is a video tutorial below if you want to skip the text

How To Move the Anchor Point in After Effects

Move the anchor point without moving the layer using the Pan Behind Tool

  1. Select layer in the Layer Panel to reveal the location of the anchor point.
  2. Click the Pan Behind Tool in the top menu (Keyboard Shortcut: Y).
  3. Click and Drag Anchor Point around and use smart guides to line up.
  4. With the anchor point in the center when you scale or rotate, it will move from the center as it is referencing the anchor point.
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Select Layer, Click Pan Behind Tool (Y), Drag Anchor Point

How To Center the Anchor Point

Keyboard Shortcut: Cmd or Ctrl + Double Click

  1. Select the shape layer in the Layer Panel
  2. Press the CMD Key (Mac) and double-click on the pan behind tool
  3. Anchor Point will center to the selected layer
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Select Layer > Press Cmd or Ctrl Key > Double Click on Pan Behind Tool to Center Anchor Point

How to change Preferences

When creating a new shape layer, the anchor point will automatically be placed in the center of the shape so you do not have to move it.

  1. Click on After Effects in top-menu
  2. Click on Preferences
  3. Click on General
  4. Check the box for ‘Center Anchor Point in New Shape Layers’
  5. Select the Shape Tool
  6. Click on Shape of Choice
  7. Drag out a Shape
  8. The anchor point will be automatically placed in the center of the shape.
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After Effects >Preferences>General

Video Tutorial

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