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Quick Tip: Jump and Select next frame

I’ve had many request to add a button to the Animator’s Toolbar that would jump to the beginning of the next Layer or edit. I have been searching and trying to no avail but… although I can’t make it part of my toolbar (I have managed to work out a solution under Osx which is available as part of the Animator’s Toolbar Pro package. At this point I have not managed to figure out an integrated solution for Windows). There is a way to accomplish this in Photoshop. It has been there all along and it’s just a few keystrokes away!

If you’ve managed to (muscle-)memorize the “Save for web” claw-keystroke, I’m confident you will get this method into your system in no time.

The crux is that instead of a single button or keystroke you’ll be using two keyboard shortcuts in succession. Sounds cumbersome? Well… not as cumbersome as dragging the playhead to the right position then clicking the designated layer to activate it before you can draw your next frame.

So here it is:


Note: There are two ALT buttons on your keyboard. For the keyboard-shortcut to change the selected layer we’ll use the ALT-key left of the space-bar. Using the ALT-key right of the space-bar will result in moving the selected layer up or down in the layer stack.

Step one: Select the (next) layer/frame

Use (Left) ALT + ] to select the next frame/layer above
or  (Left) ALT + [  To select the previous frame/layer below.

Note: you can do this multiple times to get the right layer selected before jumping to the layer’s in-point.

Step two: Adjust playhead on the timeline

Note: You need to check “Enable Timeline Shortcut Keys” in the timeline’s fly-out menu for this to work.

Press the ⬆︎ (up-arrow) to jump to the layers in-point on the timeline.

Note: you don’t even have to let go of the left Alt key when pressing the Arrow Keys.

Another quick tip: Close the (Video) Groups you don’t want to traverse in the layers panel, otherwise you will loop through every single layer/frame inside a group.

I hope you’ll like this tip. I’m curious to hear what you’ve come up with.
Please share your own tips in the comments below.

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