Adobe After Effects CC 2024: How to Use Rotation Tool (W)

This tutorial will show you how to use the Rotation Tool in Adobe After Effects CC 2024 to free transform the rotation property of any layer(s), including 3D Layers.

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Rotation Tool: W
Rotation Property: R


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00:00  Intro: About The Tutorial
00:26  How To Use Rotation Tool
00:48  Select Rotation Tool (W)
00:58  Cursor + Rotation Tool Icon
01:10  Reveal Rotation Property (R)
01:46  Anchor Point + Rotation Tool
02:05  3D Layers (Orientation Property)
02:41  Secret Power of Rotation Tool
03:08  Recap

Software Used:
Adobe After Effects CC 2024 (Click To Try or Buy)

How To Use Rotation Tool:

  1. Select any layer or layers in the Layers Panel
  2. Go to the top Tool Bar Menu
  3. Click on the Rotation Tool (circle with arrow)
  4. Or, use the keyboard shortcut W
  5. Notice cursor changes to show Rotation Tool icon when selected
  6. Click and drag left to right to control Rotation of layer(s)

How To Reset the Rotation Property of Layers (zero out):

  1. Select any layer or multiple layers
  2. Double-click on the Rotation Tool icon in the Toolbar
  3. Layer(s) will reset Rotation Property to zeroes.

How To Control Orientation Property of 3D Layers:

  1. Select Layer
  2. Tap 3D box under the 3D Column to convert to 3D Layer
  3. Tap R to reveal all Rotation Properties
  4. Click on Rotation Tool or tap W
  5. Click and drag to change Orientation of 3D Layer(s)
  6. Double-click on the Rotation Tool to reset

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