3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 14, 2017 7:46 AM by mattb2461688

    Change Anchor Point Behaviour Default

    mattb2461688 Level 1

      Pretty new to AE. I'd like objects to work more like they do in Illustrator/photoshop, example: when you drag the left side of a rectangle to the left, it will 'anchor' the right side of the rectangle and enlarge the rectangle to the left. Right now it's defaulted to centre. I realize I can change the position of the anchor using transform. But I'd like to change the way the way it works universally.

        • 1. Re: Change Anchor Point Behaviour Default
          Dave LaRonde Level 6

          Sorry, but this is one of these "'twas ever thus" things.  AE's default anchor point placement is smack-dab in the center of a layer's horizontal & vertical dimensions, and I know of know way to change that default. I don't know if there has ever been talk of changing it, either.   People just accept that's the way AE works.


          Incidentally, If you import a multi-layer Illustrator file, you'll notice that the same thing holds for the layers, even if you tweaked the anchor point in Illustrator.

          • 2. Re: Change Anchor Point Behaviour Default
            Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            There are some scripts out there (some free, some paid) that offer some very handy movement of anchor points.

            With one click, you can jump your anchor point to any of the edges of your layer!

            Animation Composer is a free (handy) tool that comes with an anchor point movement script UI window.

            Motion 2 from Mt. Mograph isn't free, but it includes a lot of other handy little workflow enhancers besides just the anchor point movement.

            1 person found this helpful
            • 3. Re: Change Anchor Point Behaviour Default
              mattb2461688 Level 1


              Well after more experience with AE I get now how the anchor work in comparison to position, but that tool looks like a real timesaver!