9 Replies Latest reply on Feb 12, 2015 12:32 PM by shooternz

# After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

I've been searching all day long for an answer to this very simple question, and I keep finding the same answers which do NOT answer this very simple question:  How does one use the rotation tool with accuracy?  In other words, how do I make a perfect 90-degree rotation?  How do I know what degree of rotation I am making?  There is nothing obviously tracking rotations - I cannot find anything that tells me what kind of rotation I am making.  It's the dumbest thing, and I'm sure I'm the idiot who can't see what's right in front of her, but I cannot make accurate rotations.  Is it 90-degrees?  Is it 45?  23?  I have no idea.  And I am getting really, really frustrated.  More than frustrated.  I've taken to swearing my head off, actually.  I'm not talking necessarily about 3d space (although that's got me perplexed, also).  I'm talking 'in general 2d space.'  HOW DO I ROTATE AN OBJECT WITH A SPECIFIC ANGLE OF ROTATION?  I've been playing the guessing game and my project looks like garbage because none of the rotations are accurate.  Seriously, why the HELL is this something so damned hard to find??!

Thank you.

• ###### 1. Re: After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

Show the Rotation property in the Timeline panel. Enter whatever value you'd like.

After Effects Help | Layer properties

• ###### 2. Re: After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

I recommend that you start here to learn After Effects:

• ###### 3. Re: After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

".......To reveal the Rotation property value for selected layers in the Timeline panel, press R......."

That's the only answer I was looking for.

• ###### 4. Re: After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

Yeah definitely look up shortcuts.

The R shortcut applies to other object parameters:

T for Opacity

S for Scale

P for Position

Hit them again to close, or hold shift while pressing them to show several at once.

There are a lot of shortcuts, but learning some of the basic ones make navigation so much faster and frankly, AE easier to use.

• ###### 5. Re: After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

I know this already, I once considered myself an intermediate user of the program, but it's been a while since I've used it. I knew it was something simple I was overlooking, and boy, do I feel stupid!  Thanks.

• ###### 6. Re: After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

Isn't rotation constrained by the command key to 90 degree chunks? Wait a second... shift key, 45 degree blocks. But it's relative to the starting position.

• ###### 7. Re: After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

Yes.

I can't believe I forgot how to do this, it's really embarassing.  Once I took a look at what I was forgetting I was even more embarassed.  It's one of the first things you learn how to do!! Duh.. I work in so many different programs it's very easy to confuse them, or forget what you've learned if you don't use a program for a while.  I wear too many hats.

But honestly, looking this up on the internet got me nowhere! The Adobe site was useless... you have to dig into the material several paragraphs down before the answer is shown, and it's a one-liner.  A full page of text to surf through for the one line that tells you what to do, under the Anchor Point heading, which was not what I was thinking about and not what I was expecting to see when looking for "rotation."  YouTube videos, and tutorials, and all kinds of things came up in my search, but the simple answer was something I had to get out-of-control to obtain.  Nerve wrecking, and time wasting.

• ###### 8. Re: After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

True. The online AE help is a bit opaque for most things.

• ###### 9. Re: After Effects CS5.5 - Rotating objects with accuracy?

From the Adobe After Effects Reference pdf (search "rotate")

Rotate a 2D layer

As with other transformations, rotation of a layer occurs around the anchor point of the layer.

To reveal the Rotation property value for selected layers in the Timeline panel, press R.

The first part of the Rotation property value is the number of whole rotations; the second part is the fractional rotation in degrees.

For information on rotating 3D layers, see Rotate or orient a 3D layer.

•To rotate a layer by dragging in the Composition panel, drag the layer using the Rotation tool . To constrain rotation to 45° increments, hold down Shift as you drag.

•To rotate selected layers by 1 degree, press plus or minus on the numeric keypad.

•To rotate selected layers by 10 degrees, press Shift+plus or Shift+minus on the numeric keypad.