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pt_EffectSearch for After Effects

Search for effects used in your After Effects project.

pt_EffectSearch help you easily find and use effects anywhere within your After Effects project.  Find missing effects or where effects have been used, turn them on/off, delete them, or link them together to create cloned effect instances.


Search for effects used in your After Effects project. 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.

How To Use

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.

Action Menu

Select one or more effects from the list, then use the Action menu to turn them on or off, or delete them. You can also save the search results to a text file.

Link Effects

Use this to link effects together, so one effect can be set to control multiple copies throughout a project.

Select an effect in the list that you want other effects linked to and choose ‘Set Control Effect’ from the link menu.

Link other copies of the same effect by selecting them in the list and choosing ‘Link Selected Effects’. Or add linked effects directly to selected layers in your comp by choosing ‘Add to Selected Layers’.
If you get any errors when linking effects, make sure the control effect layers and compositions have unique names.

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. To remove links, select effects in the list and choose ‘Remove Links’. This causes effects to revert to their pre-linked values.

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.


For Adobe After Effects 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4

3.52 –  Feb 6, 2023

Updated built-in effect list to CC 2023
License update

3.51  –  Jul 20, 2022

License update

3.5  –  Jan 30, 2022

Third-party effects that ship with AE now classed as Built-in
Fixed launch issues with macOS Monterey and Dropbox
License update

3.43  –  Dec 2, 2019

License update

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