How to Remove Easy Ease After Effects - 3 Step Tutorial

To revert an Easy Ease keyframe to a normal one in Adobe After Effects, simply hold down the Alt/Option key (or Ctrl key for PC users) and click on the keyframe. Understanding keyframes and their options, including Easy Ease, can lead to more complex and smooth animations, enhancing your video editing skills.

October 16, 2023
How to Remove Easy Ease After Effects - 3 Step Tutorial
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How to Revert an Easy Ease Keyframe to a Normal one

When diving deep into the post-production world, there's a popular feature in Adobe After Effects called "Easy Ease." This function smooths out the animation between your keyframes, providing a more natural and visually pleasing transition. But sometimes, you might want to revert or remove this effect to get back to the regular linear movement between keyframes. As you've been familiarizing yourself with Premiere Pro, this process might seem a tad unfamiliar. Fear not. Let's walk through the steps together as I guide you on how to revert an "Easy Ease" keyframe to a regular one.

Navigating to the Graph Editor

  1. Opening your Project: Firstly, ensure you have your After Effects project opened. In my case, I've already created a composition with a basic animation applied.
  2. Selecting the Layer: On the main timeline, click on the layer containing the keyframe you wish to modify. For our exercise, I'm selecting a text layer that smoothly fades in using the "Easy Ease" function.
  3. Opening the Graph Editor: At the top of the timeline panel, you’ll find an icon that looks somewhat like a curved graph – that’s the Graph Editor. Click on it. The timeline will now change, showing you the speed graphs or value graphs of your keyframes. This is where the magic happens, and we'll get to see the influence of the "Easy Ease" on our animation.

Identifying and Modifying the "Easy Ease" Keyframe

  1. Spotting the "Easy Ease" Keyframe: Within the Graph Editor, you’ll notice the differently shaped keyframe icons. The "Easy Ease" keyframes typically appear as hourglass-shaped icons. In my example, there's an "Easy Ease" keyframe right in the middle, making the text animation look buttery smooth.
  2. Right-Clicking the Keyframe: Hover over the "Easy Ease" keyframe and right-click on it. A context menu will pop up.
  3. Choosing "Keyframe Interpolation": From the dropdown list, select the option labeled "Keyframe Interpolation."

Reverting to a Regular Keyframe

  1. Changing the Temporal Interpolation: A window titled "Keyframe Interpolation" will appear. Under the "Temporal Interpolation" section, you'll notice a dropdown menu. Click on it and select "Linear." This option will ensure our animation transition becomes straightforward, without any gradual ease in or out.
  2. Applying the Changes: Once you've selected "Linear," click "OK" to apply the changes. The hourglass icon should now change to a diamond shape, indicating it's a regular keyframe.

Observing the Difference

  1. Playing the Animation: Close the Graph Editor by clicking on its icon again. Play your animation on the timeline. In my composition, I immediately notice the difference. The text no longer has that smooth transition; instead, it moves in a consistent, linear manner.

What if the Keyframe Doesn't Revert?

On the other hand, if the keyframe doesn't revert to a normal one after attempting to change it from Easy Ease, there could be several reasons for this issue. First and foremost, make sure you're holding the correct key based on your operating system. For Windows users, it's the Ctrl key, while for Mac users, it's the Command key. Furthermore, ensure that the keyframe is selected properly. If the keyframe is not highlighted, the command won't work. Sometimes, zooming into the timeline can help in accurately selecting the keyframe. If all else fails, you might want to consult the software's help documentation or online forums for assistance. These resources often provide solutions to common problems and can be invaluable in troubleshooting.