Adobe After Effects CC 2023: How To Add New Comp Viewers in After Effects

This tutorial will show you how to add New Composition Viewers in Adobe After Effects CC 2023 to help speed up your workflow by enabling you to view multiple comps/pre-comps in different viewers.

Keyboard Shortcut
Add New Viewer:
Shift + Option + Cmd + N (Mac)
Shift + Alt + Ctrl + N (Windows)

00:00  Intro: About This Tutorial
00:18  Overview of Example
00:51  The Easy Way: Add New Viewers
01:04  How To Add New Comp Viewers
01:16  ‘New Viewer’ Greyed Out?
01:27  Add New Viewer
01:48  Which Comp Are You Viewing?
02:15  Lock & Unlock Viewers
02:45  Making Changes & Adjustments
03:01  Save As New Workspace

Software Used:
Adobe After Effects CC 2023 (Click To Try or Buy)

  1. How To Add New Comp Viewers in Adobe After Effects:

    1. Click on Composition Window
    2. Right-Click and select New…Viewer or
    3. Go to the View Menu & Select ‘New Viewer (Shift + Option + Cmd + N)
    4. Rearrange Panels by clicking on top area and dragging

    How To Lock Comp Viewers:

    1. Click on the Padlock next to ‘Composition’ to lock or unlock
    2. Unlocked Viewers will show any selected Comp/Pre-Comp in the Layers Panel
    3. Locked Viewers will show whatever is listed next to ‘Composition’ at the top of each viewer

    How To Close Comp Viewer:

    1. Click on the ‘X’ in the top-right of any Viewer Window