Smart Selector

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Author: Casey Baker

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Quick Overview

Point, click, and select any layer you can see. Smart Selector sees through bounding boxes, adjustment layers, precomps and layer transparency to find the select layers using the most advanced layer selection algorithm. Welcome to the new way of working in After Effects.

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Point, click, and select any layer you can see. Smart Selector sees through bounding boxes, adjustment layers, precomps and layer transparency to find the select layers using the most advanced layer selection algorithm.

Find layers in your active composition or have it select layers that are embedded inside multiple precomps. No more soloing layers or toggling eyeballs to locate the layer you want, with Smart Selector its as simple as point and click.

From a master layer you can find and select artwork buried hundreds of precomps down as well as choose to ignore adjustment layers along the ride.

 

SelectionSimply put, if you can see it you can select it.

 

Powerful Features:

Find Layer in Precomp: When checked, Smart Selector will dive inside precomps and select the layer in its deepest level. When unchecked Smart Selector defaults to selecting the layer within the active composition. 

Ignore adjustment layers: When checked, Smart Selector will ignore adjustment layers and allow you to select any layer underneath.

How To Use:

1. Press 'Create Smart Selector’. This will create a new null layer called Smart Selector in your active composition.

2. With the Smart Selector null selected, navigate to the effects control menu and select the crosshair icon on the point controller named 'Smart Selector'. Once selected place the point over any layer you want to select in your composition window.

3. Press ‘Find & Select Layer’ and the script with automatically find and select the layer in your active composition. If you want to locate the layer inside a precomp check on 'Find Layer in Precomp'.

 

Troubleshooting:

Turn on show layer controls: When positioning the Smart Selector point controller make sure 'Show Layer Controls' is checked on. You can turn it on by going to View>Show Layer Controls or by using the shortcut Shift+CMD+H. As a general rule of thumb is you can't see the point controller in your comp window, Smart Selector cannot pull the nessessary position data  After Effects needed to run the script.

Turn off 3D layers: Smart Selector only works on 2D layers. If Smart Selector recognizes 3D layers you will be prompted with an alert to turn them off. Simply check their visibility eyeball and rerun the script. Smart Selector will then look past them and continue finding the correct layer. 

 

After Effects CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014
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