How to use pt EffectSearch 3.4.2 to manage effects in After Effects
If you are working on a complex After Effects project with many effects applied to different layers, you might find it hard to keep track of them all. You might also want to edit, delete, or clone some effects across your project. That's where pt EffectSearch 3.4.2 comes in handy.
pt EffectSearch 3.4.2 is a script for After Effects that lets you search for effects used in your project. You can find missing effects or where specific effects have been used, turn them on or off, delete them, or link them together to create cloned effect instances[^1^].
To use pt EffectSearch 3.4.2, you need to install it in your After Effects scripts folder and run it from the File > Scripts menu. You will see a user interface with several options to search and manage effects.
You can click Search to show all effects in your project, or use the search options to find specific ones. The results can be sorted by effect name or layer order[^1^]. You can also save the search results to a text file for future reference.
Once you have selected one or more effects from the list, you can use the Action menu to turn them on or off, or delete them. This can help you troubleshoot your project or optimize its performance by disabling or removing unnecessary effects.
You can also use the Link menu to link effects together, so one effect can control multiple copies throughout your project. This can save you time and ensure consistency when you want to apply the same effect settings to different layers[^1^].
To link effects, select an effect in the list that you want other effects linked to and choose 'Set Control Effect' from the link menu. Then select other copies of the same effect and choose 'Link Selected Effects'. Or add linked effects directly to selected layers in your comp by choosing 'Add to Selected Layers'[^1^].
The 'Expression Links' column shows the expressions used to make the links. It also shows if any other expressions are applied to the effects, which would be overwritten if the effect was linked[^1^]. To remove links, select effects in the list and choose 'Remove Links'. This causes effects to revert to their pre-linked values[^1^].
Note: Some 'custom data' effect properties (e.g. Levels Histogram) can't be linked, but there may be alternate effects you can use. For example, use Levels (Individual Controls) instead of the regular Levels effect[^1^].
pt EffectSearch 3.4.2 is a powerful and useful script for After Effects that can help you manage your effects more efficiently and creatively. You can buy it for $39.99 from aescripts.com[^1^] or try it for free with some limitations.
If you want to learn more about pt EffectSearch 3.4.2 and how to use it in your After Effects projects, you can watch some demo videos on the aescripts.com website. You can also check out some other products by Paul Tuersley, the author of the script, such as pt_OpenSesame Server, pt_AutoExpress, pt_ShiftLayers, pt_Multiplane, and more. These scripts can help you with various tasks such as importing and exporting projects, creating expressions, shifting or staggering layers in time, creating 3D multiplanes, and more.
pt EffectSearch 3.4.2 is compatible with After Effects CC 2019 and above. It is also available as part of the Search And Edit Bundle, which includes two other scripts: pt_TextEdit 3 and pt_ProjectManager 3. These scripts allow you to search and edit text layers and project items in your After Effects project. You can buy the bundle for $69.99 and save $29.98 compared to buying the scripts separately.
Whether you are a beginner or a professional After Effects user, you can benefit from using pt EffectSearch 3.4.2 and other scripts by Paul Tuersley. They can make your workflow faster, easier, and more fun. Try them today and see for yourself! ec8f644aee