You have a couple versions of your design in 1 Photoshop document and you want to show your “client” their options. Problem is remembering which layers to turn on or off for the specific look…. LAYER COMPS!!!
LAYER COMPS are useful to streamline the design process. They help share ideas with your client when you’re looking for a specific look during the design process. Even when you have your design finished, if it’s commercial work, you’re client might want different color ways and looks to match the seasons and Layer Comps can be a huge help in this area.
It’s weird that a tool so powerful and so easy to use can be so overlooked. I am GUILTY of this! I have been using Photoshop since version 5 and I only learned about them in the past 2 years. That’s why I decided to Never Stop Learning! Just because I’ve used the software for a long time, does not mean I have been using it correctly =D
All you have to do is go to the top and click on Window then Layer Comps. This toggles between visibility of your Layer Comp Panel. Once you have your layers visible for comp 1, click on “Create New Layer Comp” in the Layer Comp Panel. A new window appears that allows you to customize the name of your new LAYER COMPS. Once you accept that, you’re done! Now you can reconfigure the visibility of your layers and repeat the steps for new Layer Comps.
Coolest thing I Learned
So in addition to helping your workflow in your document, Layer Comps are super useful because the Photoshop Team has provided us with a handy Script. This Script will export “Layer Comps to Files…”. MAN what a time saver. It does just as the name suggests, all the Layer Comps you have established (or specific Comps) can be exported into specific file types. This means multiple versions of your files are being created after setting it up once.
Check out the video below to see LAYER COMPS in action!!!
I got some of my info from Lynda.com:
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