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Chapter 6. Layer Editing > Navigating the Time Graph

Navigating the Time Graph

The Time Layout window allows you to view all or part of a composition. As you arrange the layers of a composition in time, you may need to zoom into the time graph for a detailed view. At other times, you may want to zoom out for a less detailed, but more expansive view of the composition.

The Navigator View

You may have noticed that After Effects doesn't have a separate Navigator window, like other Adobe programs do. Instead, After Effects uses a navigator view, located at the top of the time graph (Figure 6.5). The navigator view looks like a tiny version of the time line, including a small current time marker and small work area markers (see Chapter 10 about setting the work area). The navigator view always represents the entire duration of the composition; the white portion corresponds to the part of the composition you see in the larger main time line. Therefore, dragging the time view brackets at either end of the white area changes the main view, and vice versa. The navigator view helps you put the portion of the composition you see in the time graph in the context of its entire duration.


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