When creating a new composition in After Effects, the program may display a black screen or a transparent background by default. Surely, there will be times when this type of canvas is the one you need. But what happens when you want to have some color to work with?
There are several methods to set a different backdrop than the default. So, if you're wondering how to create a more striking composition, we'll introduce you to three ways to create a solid background in After Effects.
If you've created shapes with After Effects before, making a solid backdrop with this tool is probably the first idea that comes to mind. That is not the best way to create a background, but it still works. To add color to your canvas with this technique:
While this method is simple, there are other more professional techniques for creating colorful backgrounds that you can activate with commands on your computer.
If you are working on a PC, press Ctrl + Y simultaneously. If you have a Mac, click Cmd + Y. Then:
In addition to this second way of creating backgrounds with color, there is a manual method of the technique we have just mentioned. To activate it go to the Main Menu.
In the Main Menu select Layer and then New. When the list of options is displayed:
As you can see, the solids are the backgrounds you are going to work with. Use the second or third option to create them, move them, and center them easily without altering the anchor point, instead of making them with the shape tool. Check our more Adobe After Effects tutorials here.