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Quick Overview

Annoyed by messy After Effects comps? With Workflower, you can create layer groups within your comp, as well as use other workflow-enhancing tools, like adjustment layers to selected layers only, layer cloning, or matte merging.

Notice for After Effects 2023 Users:

Unfortunately, Workflower's matting tools are mostly incompatible with AE 23's new 'Selectable Track Mattes' feature. I'm working on an update for Workflower's matting tools to conform to the new system - release planned for mid-December February (ahem, sorry...) maybe February but probably March (ugh, sorry again I guess?...) - but for the time being, you will have to stick with AE 22 or below. Click here and here for more info.


If you have questions, please read the F.A.Q. Also, you can check out the tutorials and/or the user guide.
Of course, you can send me a support ticket, too, or post a comment on this page.

Notice for Mac Users & Japanese Windows Users:
There are some limitations for Mac users as well as for Japanese users on Windows. The main limitation is that you can only use a maximum of 20 shortcuts. Also, if you have shortcuts applied to other scripts, the number of shortcuts you can use for Workflower functions gets reduced as well. Read up here about the limitations. Please test out the trial first to see whether it works for you.


Workflower changed my life. It can change yours, too.
This incredible tool has finally fixed After Effect's biggest limitation which is having to pre-compose multiple layers to group them.
I've used Workflower on numerous and complex projects for big brands and agencies and can honestly say, it will enhance your workflow in After Effects like no other tool has ever before.
Just amazing! One of the best plugins ever! It's so essential that it should be part of the standard installation!
This is simply the most intelligent and useful toolset I have seen in decades. Well worth the considerable effort required to learn the shortcuts and remember the immense functionality.
I have said it way too often about others in the past (Flow, kBar, etc) but WORKFLOWER is another one of those AE Scripts that Adobe should just fold into the system and make it native if they aren't going to do it themselves.
I use this ALL the time.
You are a crazy person who loves pain.
Such an amazing script. Been using it since the new version launch.
I use Workflower for this [grouping] and group effects, mattes and adjustment layers. Major, major time-saver.

We're all in a very unhealthy love-hate relationship with After Effects. We love it for how intuitive it is. We get a rush when building a beautiful shot. But then ... there are precomps. And then ... there are comps cluttered with too many f*cking layers. And ... these GODDAMN different transforms of layers!

It could be so much simpler. Well, Workflower is here to help and it could be the perfect therapist for our relationship crisis with After Effects. But what can Workflower do for us?


Create Layer Groups

Create Layer Groups

Yes, you heard right! Workflower lets you create groups of layers within your composition. Get ready to organize the hell out of your next project! But you can even do so much more than just creating groups:

Create Groups & Sub-Groups

Collapse & Expand Groups

Select & Move Groups

Parent Group Layers

Disable, Solo & Lock Groups

Relabel Groups

Duplicate Groups

Create Group Mattes

Adjust Group Opacity (added in v1.1)

Convert Groups to/from Precomps
(added in v1.1)

Group Header trimmed to Layers
(added in v1.1)

... and more!
Like ungrouping, dissolving, and deleting groups. Or creating a group adjustment layer.


Create Adjustment Layers
only to Selected Layers

Adjustment Layers
only to Selected Layers

Ever wondered why you can't apply an adjustment layer only to certain layers? Well, me too. But wondering doesn't apply an adjustment layer only to certain layers. Workflower does, on the other hand:

Apply Effects!
Workflower will create a layer, onto which you can apply your effects. It will then copy these effects with linked expressions to all previously selected layers.

If you add new effects, change the effects order, or link new layers to the adjustment layer, just hit Refresh to update all linked layers.

All linked up!
Visibility of effects is linked by expressions as well. Also, the adjustment layer’s opacity. Or its visibility, too. Magic! (Or just a simple expression. Probably rather the latter. I'm sad now. Say something nice to me.)

... and even more!
Use multiple adjustment layers. Convert properties of effects to comp size to account for different transforms of linked layers. Unlink all properties when you’re done working.


Clone & Precomp Layers

Clone & Precomp Layers

Well, what would cloning and precomping layers be good for, you ask. A shit-ton. You just don't know it yet. What's the most dreaded nightmare when working on a comp? Correct, getting stuff to comp dimensions, so that we can reference it by another layer - to build a lightwrap - or to displace our layers - or to create a matte from them. Or, or, or, ... Our only option then: precomp 'em!

But what about the comp's camera? Or the layers' parents? Or other layers referenced by effects? Or expressions that reference the main comp but not the new precomp? And aside from that: Who likes constantly loosing layers from one’s composition and then having to dig through levels and levels of precomps just to find one layer?

Well, there might be some masochists out there. But for everyone else, there's now: Clone & Precomp!

Clone 'em!
Clone & Precomp will copy all selected layers (or an entire group) to a precomp and link the layers with expressions to their source layers. Parents, camera, lights, and layers referenced by effects will be copied too!

Refresh Connections
If you change non-linkable stuff like adding effects, changing a parent or blending mode, or turning on motion blur, just hit Refresh to update the clone layers.

Prime Clones
In a Prime Clone, a special kind of clone, all contained source layers will be set to 0% opacity while their corresponding clone layers inherit the original opacity.
That way, you can apply effects to the precomp layer and then continue to work on the contained layers.
However, unlike working within a precomp, you will see the changes update including the effects on the precomp layer. Revolutionary! (Maybe not quite like French Revolution revolutionary. But almost.)
You can show the actual layers again, too, by executing Show Clone Layers.

Unlink it!
When you're done working on your Precomp Clone, you can unlink all layers. That will remove the expressions and make your After Effects lightning fast! (Well, okay, so just as fast as your regular layers would be. So maybe like medium lightning speed then.)

... and mooooooore!
Like expression-linked visibility of layers and effects. Or Clones IN Comp (not Precomp ones) that require less refreshing. Or Custom States for Precomp Clone layers. Or Custom Sizes for Precomp Clones. Or other refreshing modes (even quicker ones).


Create & Merge Mattes

Create & Merge Mattes

Matting can be quite confusing. The track matte works great. But what if you want to use multiple mattes at once? Or you want to use a matte layer that cannot sit directly above your layer? Well, there's the Set Matte effect. But what about layers with other transforms? Or ones without Collapse Transformation? Ugh ... It's annoying. That's why Workflower provides different tools for matting:

Now you can quickly create an empty track matte to the selected layer. Or create a matte to multiple layers at once. Neat.

Merge Mattes will merge several mattes on one track matte. For layers that neither have comp dimensions nor Collapse Transformation enabled, a Precomp Clone will be created - that way they will be fit to comp size and transforms are set correctly!! (Mind = Blown.)

Calculations effects will be added for every merged matte. That way, you easily change the blending mode (Normal, Stencil Alpha, Stencil Luma, Silhouette Alpha, Silhouette Luma), the opacity, or the order in which the mattes are applied.


New in version 1.1

New in version 1.1

Now with 50% more lines of code!* After half a year in the making, Workflower 1.1 is finally out (and it only took 5 ½ months longer than expected!!). The update is free for all existing customers and features a bunch of new stuff:

Adjust Group Opacity

Refresh Layout 2-4x faster

Convert Groups to/from Precomps

Group Header trimmed to Layers

Shy Group Matte Layers

Apply Masks & Effects to Group Header

But even so much more:
Advanced precompose (like cropping the precomp to layer sizes), advanced duplication (like updating layer references, expressions, etc. to duplicates), expand/collapse all sub-groups, create the group header at the average position of group layers, more integration of Refresh Connections into Refresh Layout and, and, and...

* Because every programmer knows: The more code === the better!


Work quickly with Shortcuts!

Work quickly with Shortcuts!

Workflower has been designed to be used with shortcuts, so you can work as quickly as possible. Shortcuts can be applied to more than 40 (!) functions.




Workflower is compatible with:

  • After Effects 2022
  • After Effects 2021
  • After Effects 2020
  • After Effects CC 2019
  • After Effects CC 2018

It works on Windows and Mac. However, for Mac users as well as for Japanese users on Windows, there are a few limitations. Read up here for more information.

KBar Support!
As of version 1.0.4, Workflower supports the use of KBar buttons for almost all functions. Click here for instructions on how to set it up.

After Effects 2023 Notice
Unfortunately, Workflower's matting tools are mostly incompatible with After Effects' new feature of Selectable Track Mattes which has been introduced in After Effects 2023. I'm working on an update for Workflower's matting tools to conform to the new system but for the time being, you will have to stick with After Effects 2022 or below.


Try it!

Try it!

There is a free trial version available which is usable for 10 days. It is almost fully functional and only has a few limitations. The following functions are deactivated:

  • Quick Refresh Connections (A faster mode to refresh Precomp Clones. However, you can still use the regular Refresh Connections function.)
  • Matted Adjustment Layers (An alternative to the Workflower's regular Adjustment Layer to Selected Layers.)
  • Layer Storing (Often used layers can be stored and then pasted again using a shortcut. So it's some kind of an extended clipboard. With multiple store spaces!)
  • Rename Layers by Number


User Guide

User Guide

Workflower has an extensive User Guide, detailing every function. Check it out!




There are several tutorials available, covering every core function of Workflower. Don't feel overwhelmed, though. You don't need to watch all tutorials to get started! Simply choose what you're interested in. For example, just watching most of the Groups tutorial would be enough to get you started:

Tutorial 1: Overview

Note: If you want to go straight into learning more in-depth about Workflower, you can also skip this tutorial, as I will be teaching everything from scratch in the other tutorials. However, if you still want to get a basic overview of the functions and/or just a very quick start on how to use Workflower, this tutorial is for you.

Tutorial 2: Installation

Tutorial 3: Groups, Renaming & Relabeling

Tutorial 4: Precomp Clones & Clones in Comp

Tutorial 5: Creating & Merging Mattes

Tutorial 6: Adjustment Layers & Storing Layers

Tutorial 7: Version 1.1 New Features Overview

After Effects 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018