Advanced Selection

  • Compatibility After Effects
    Please check exact version compatibility under the "COMPATIBILITY" tab below

Author: Gregor Urabl

Subscribe for notifications
Subscribe for new version notifications Subscribe
Name Your Own Price Individual users can pay any amount, the price displayed is a suggestion. Businesses, teams, etc must pay the suggested price to receive a valid license. See full terms.
Add to Wishlist

Quick Overview

Expands the capabilities of After Effects to select layers. It offers a vast amount of filters you can choose from to narrow down your selection, like layer types, layer options, blending modes, search by name, label colors, and more.

Advanced Selection



The Advanced Selection panel features three modes of operation: "AND Mode", "OR Mode" and "NOR Mode".

Advanced Selection Title

  1. Select a composition in the project window and set filters by clicking on one or multiple elements in the list.Multiple selections are possible by holding down the ctrl/cmd button.
  2. Select the mode of operation - if you want to filter all layers that bear at least one selected criteria with the 'OR' button (or 'NOR' for inverted results) or use the 'AND' button for layers that only bear all selected criteria.
  3. Activate the selected filters by clicking on the 'Select Layer' Button.
Available filters
  • Light
  • Shape
  • Text
  • Camera
  • Footage
  • Blending Mode
  • Label Color
  • Adjustment Layer
  • Null Object
  • Solid
  • Shy On
  • Shy Off
  • Video Enabled
  • Has Parent
  • Video Disabled
  • 3D Layer
  • 2D Layer
  • Guide Layer
  • Motion Blur Enabled
  • Motion Blur Disabled
  • Is Track Matte
  • Has Track Matte
  • Even Layers
  • Odd Layers
  • Name contains
  • Name is
  • Has no Parent

AND Mode

In "AND Mode" all selected criteria must be met at the same time.

Advanced Selection AND Mode 1

Advanced Selection AND Mode 2

OR Mode

In "OR Mode" all layers that bear at least one selected criteria are selected.

Advanced Selection OR Mode 1

Advanced Selection OR Mode 2

NOR Mode

In "NOR Mode" (inverted OR) everything except the selection will be selected

Advanced Selection NOR Mode 1

Advanced Selection NOR Mode 2

Recursive Selection

With Update 1.2 of Advanced Selection you may now choose the level of your selection:

  • Just Active Comp - Selects inside the currently active composition
  • Active Comp +1 - Selects inside the currently active composition plus one level deeper in precomps
  • Recursive - Selects inside the currently active composition and in all precomps (of precomps, of get the idea.)
  • All Comps - Selects inside all compositions in the whole project.

Post Selection Actions

With Update 1.3 of Advanced Selection three new actions are available after the principal selection is done:

  • Visibility Control - Enable or disable the video (eye symbol) and/or audio (loudspeaker symbol) settings of selected layers.
  • Set Solo - Enable or disable the Solo setting of selected layers.
  • Lock Layers - Enable or disable the Lock setting of selected layers.
After Effects 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019