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After Effects Quick Tip: Cropping a Comp

Aaron Williams

Learn how to quickly resize a comp using the Region of Interest tool in this After Effects quick tip.

Sometimes in my work, I’ll import a layered PSD of a slide or a graphic from an event or lower thirds designed by someone else in Photoshop. Often, there are a lot of layers (which I want to preserve in a precomp), but the PSD is too big or has unnecessary space for my application, and I want to crop the comp/precomp down to only the area that I need. Luckily, as you’ll see in this After Effects quick tip, there’s a really easy way to crop comps down.

In this example, we want to crop this comp (imported from a PSD) down to just the title so that I can animate it separately in an appropriately sized precomp:Cropping a Comp, After Effects tutorial: Large Comp

First, select the Region of Interest tool (which limits the portion of the comp After Effects shows and renders – it’s primarily meant to save render time on CPU heavy previews):

Cropping a Comp, After Effects tutorial: Crop Box

Next, I’ll drag a box around the area to which I want to crop my comp:

Cropping a Comp, After Effects tutorial: ROI Box

Last, I’ll go to the menubar and select Composition => Crop Comp to Region of Interest:

Cropping a Comp, After Effects tutorial: Crop to Comp Region

And there you go – an easily cropped comp:

Cropping a Comp, After Effects tutorial: Cropped Comp

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