How To Zoom Out In Adobe After Effects

“Adobe After Effects is a powerful software that offers a wide range of tools for video editing and animation. However, for beginners, one of the difficulties they may face is getting familiar with the workspace, specifically the “Zooming In” and “Zooming Out” features. This guide will walk you through the steps of zooming out in Adobe After Effects.”

Procedure to Zoom Out

The process is pretty straightforward and can be achieved in just a few steps:

  1. Open Adobe After Effects on your device.
  2. Choose the project that you want to work on.
  3. Locate the “Zoom” tool in the “Tool Panel”, which is usually situated on the top side of your workspace.
  4. Click on the magnifying glass with a minus (-) sign in it. This is the “Zoom Out” tool.
  5. Click on the part of the project on which you want to zoom out.

Note that, if you want to zoom out to a specific percentage, you can do so at the bottom right of your workspace, just left of the “Reset” button.

Shortcut Keys for Zooming Out

For users who prefer using keyboard shortcuts, Adobe After Effects has made it convenient for you. The shortcut for “Zoom Out” is:

– (Hyphen key)

When you press the hyphen key while the composition panel is active, it will zoom out your view.

Using Expressions to Control Zoom

In Adobe After Effects, you can also use expressions to control the zoom level. You can use the scale properties and adjust them using expressions. Here’s a basic example of this:

thisComp.layer(“YourLayerName”).transform.scale = [50, 50];

In the above code, you are setting the scale of “YourLayerName” to 50%. It’s important to remember that the values inside the square brackets represent the X and Y scale values. You can replace “50, 50” with the desired scale percentage.


Zooming out in Adobe After Effects is an essential skill that can help you navigate your project and refine your work. Whether you use the tool panel, a keyboard shortcut, or an expression, the steps are simple and easy to follow. Keep practicing and exploring other features of this powerful software!