How To Quickly Set & Number Comp Markers in After Effects

In this post, I will show you how to quickly set and number comp markers in After Effects. So without any further ado, let’s dive right in!

Alright, so we are in After Effects and as you may already know, it usually takes a few steps to create and label a composition marker in After Effects. So in this quick tutorial, I am going to show you the traditional way and the fastest way.

Creating and Labeling a Composition Marker in After Effects

Step 1:

The first thing I am going to do is hit * on my keyboard to create a marker.

Create a marker in After Effects

Step 2:

Double click on the marker.

Double click on the marker in After Effects

Step 3:

Label the marker.

Label a marker in After Effects

Step 4:

Lastly, hit OK. As you can see, it took me four steps to create and label a marker. Now let me show you a much quicker way.

The Fastest Way of Creating and Labelling a Marker In After Effects

First, let’s get rid of our current marker by hovering over it and then CTRL+Left Mouse Click (CMD+Left Mouse Click on a Mac).

Delete Marker in After Effects

Step 1:

Press SHIFT+1 to create your first marker.

Create your first marker in After Effects

You can press SHIFT+2 to create your second, SHIFT+3 to create your third marker and so on. You can go up to 9 markers with this keyboard shortcut.

Nine markers in After Effects Keyboard Shortcut

So as you can see, that was pretty easy. By the way, we don’t have to manually move markers by dragging them from one place to another.

So if you want to move the second marker to a different position, you can simply move the time indicator to the desired spot and then just hit SHIFT+2 and it will automatically shift places.

Shifting marketing in After Effects

You can also do the same thing for all 9 markers. So you get the idea.

Also, we can quickly move our time indicator in the timeline over each marker by simply pressing its number on the keyboard instead of shift snapping to each marker.

So for example, if you want to quickly put the time indicator over a specific marker like marker 1, all I have to do is press number 1 on the keyboard and the time indicator will quickly go to that marker.

Pressing a number on keyboard to put a time indicator in After Effects timeline

The same thing applies to all 9 markers. It is a time-saver! I hope you see the value in it.

By the way, we can easily delete all the markers by right-clicking on any of our markers and selecting Delete All Markers. That simple!

Delete All Markers in After Effects

I hope you found this post useful. If you would like to learn more about Expression and how it can speed up your workflow in After Effects, check out my Learn After Effects Expressions Course.

About the author:

Sergei Prokhnevskiy

Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a Charlotte, NC based motion graphics designer, an online tutor, an entrepreneur, and Adobe MAX Master Speaker. Sergei is known for his quick and practical After Effects tips and tricks on YouTube, where he generated well over 6 million views on his tutorials. He has authored an online video course on After Effects Expressions and developed scripts for After Effects. He is also a former senior motion graphics designer at Fox Sports where he worked on graphics for NFL, Super Bowl, MLB, World Series, College Football, NASCAR, Women’s World Cup, and NASCAR Race Hub. He is very passionate about learning and teaching others.


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