Layer Selector Toolbar

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Quick Overview

A compact toolbar to quickly select layers by property.
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What is Layer Selector Toolbar?


Layer Selector Toolbar is a compact toolbar for After Effects that makes it easy to select layers by property — without tagging or color coding.



Simply select the comp you’re working on, then click to select a layer group:

Labeled Vertical Toolbar

  • Click to select layers by type.
  • Shift-click to select the inverse.
  • Ctrl/Cmd-click to limit selection to layers active at the current time.
  • Ctrl/Cmd+Shift-click to select everything except layers of that type active at the current time (inverts Ctrl/Cmd-click).



Layer Selector Toolbar can run as both a dockable panel and floating window, and will automatically change its layout to fit your workspace.

responsive layout

To install as a dockable toolbar, unzip the downloaded file and drop Layer Selector Toolbar.jsxbin into After Effects’ Scripts/ScriptUI Panels folder. Restart After Effects, make sure "Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network” is enabled in your preferences, then launch Layer Selector Toolbar from the Window menu. 

The script can also be run directly from the main Scripts folder or via File > Run Script File, in which case it will appear as a floating window. Note: this window cannot be docked.

Layer Selector Toolbar is compatible with AE CS4+ on Windows and OSX.


Release History

Version 1.7 (1/2/2016): Added ability to select lights, responsive panel layout with updated button order.

Version 1.5: Added Control/Command-click to limit selection.

Version 1.0: Initial release.


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