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Using Labels

Color-coded labels can also help you identify and organize items in the Project window. By default, certain file types use a particular label color. However, you can also give individual items the label of your choice. The following sections deal with labels for items in the Project window. (Like items in the Project window, layers in the Timeline window also use the default label colors, or you can give individual layers the labels of your choice. For more about layers, see Chapter 5, "Layer Basics.")

To change the default label colors

  1. Choose After Effects > Preferences > Label Defaults (Mac) or Edit > Preferences > Label Defaults (Windows) ( Figure 3.23 ).
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    Figure 3.23 Choose After Effects > Preferences > Label Defaults (Mac) or Edit > Preferences > Label Defaults (Windows).

    The Label panel of the Preferences dialog box appears ( Figure 3.24 ).

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    Figure 3.24 The Label panel of the Preferences dialog box allows you to choose label options.

  2. In the Label Defaults section of the Preferences dialog box, choose a color from the pull-down menu for each type of footage ( Figure 3.25 ).
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    Figure 3.25 For each type of footage, choose a default color from the pull-down menu.

    Items in the Project window and layers in the Timeline window use the color label you specified for each file type. However, if you specified a custom label color for an item or a layer, it will retain that custom color, despite changes to the default file label colors.

To change the label color for an item or layer

  1. Select an item in the Project window or select a layer in the Timeline window.

  2. Choose Edit > Label > and select a label color from the list ( Figure 3.26 ).
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    Figure 3.26 Choose Edit > Label and select a color for the selected item or layer.

    The selected item or layer uses the color you specified.

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