The Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic chapter 9
Think of layer comps as a way to keep your Photoshop documents
and computer clean, much like you keep your desk clean. When it’s
clean you tend to know exactly where things are, right? The same
holds true for your computer and Photoshop fi les. If you’re working
on a project and you save fi les like Logo1, Logo2, Logo3, Logo1Final,
Logo1ReallyFinal, and so forth (come on…you know you do it), in the
end it takes a lot of time when you fi nally do need to fi nd that logo a
few months later. Here’s a way around that problem.
Step One:
Open or create a Photoshop docu-
ment with multiple layers. Choose
Window>Layer Comps to bring up the
Layer Comps palette. The Layer Comps
palette helps you create and keep track
of your layer comps. You can turn them
on or off in the palette to switch between
different compositions.
If you want to cycle through a view of only
some of your document’s layer comps,
Command-click (PC: Control-click) on
their names in the Layer Comps palette
and click the Next and Previous icons at
the bottom of the palette.
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Step Two:
In the Layer Comps palette, click the Create
New Layer Comp icon at the bottom of the
palette to create a new comp based on the
current state of layers in the Layers palette.
In the New Layer Comp dialog, give the
comp a descriptive name (you can even
add comments if you’d like) and choose
the options you want to apply to the layers
(Visibility, Position, and Appearance). Then
click OK.
Step Three:
Next, try moving around a few layers, or
hiding and showing other layers to create
another version of the image. Notice how
the active Layer Comp icon in the palette
returns to the Last Document State at the
top. Go ahead and set your document up
for the next comp or version of the image
you want to save. To record a new comp
that shows the changes you’ve made, click
the Create New Layer Comp icon at the
bottom of the Layer Comps palette once
again. Give it another descriptive name
and choose the same options you chose
last time. Click OK when you’re done.
Step Four:
To view the various layer comps, click the
Layer Comp icon next to a selected comp
in the palette. To cycle through a view of
all the layer comps, just click the Previous
and Next icons at the bottom of the Layer
Comps palette.
Remember that clicking on the
name of the comp only selects
it. You’ll need to click to the left
of a comp to actually apply that comp.
Making changes to a layer comp is easy.
Just select the comp and make your
changes, then click the Update Layer
Comp icon at the bottom of the Layer
Comps palette.

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