Change Color of a Solid Over Time in After Effects Tutorial

This tutorial is on how to change the color of a Solid over time in After Effects. Here’s a recap of how to do it:

First create a new Solid in After Effects. Use the keyboard shortcut Command+Y (Mac) or Control+Y (PC). Give the Solid a name and make it the Comp size then click OK.

To change the color of a solid in After Effects, select the solid then use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+Y (Mac) or Control+Shift+Y (PC). Then pick a new color and click OK.

But let’s say you want to change the color of the solid over time.

Find the Effects & Presets Panel. Type in “Fill” to find the Fill Effect. Click it and drag it onto the solid in the timeline. The color defaults to red but don’t worry about this because you can change it.

Move the time position indicator in the timeline to the location where you want to transition to start. Select the layer of the solid and find the Effects Control Panel. Change the color from red to whatever color you want it to be. Next click the Stopwatch icon next to Color to set a keyframe.

Move the time position indicator in the timeline to the location where you want the transition to end. Change the color in the Effects Control panel. Repeat these two steps as needed if you want to change the color more than one time.

Scrub through the timeline to view the results.

Select the solid’s layer and hit the “U” key to view where the keyframes are on the timeline in case you want to adjust the timing or delete them. It shows the properties of a selected layer that have keyframes on them. If you hit the “U” key twice in a row rapidly it’ll show any property that has been changed on a layer (this is super useful to me!!).

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