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Lesson 5. Layer Basics > Using layer comps

Using layer comps

Layer comps is a new feature in Photoshop CS that provides one-click flexibility in switching back and forth between different views of a multilayered image file. A layer comp is simply a definition of the settings in the Layers palette. Once you’ve defined one layer comp, you can change as many settings as you please in the Layers palette and then create another layer comp to preserve that configuration of layer properties. Then, by switching from one layer comp to another, you can quickly review the two designs. The beauty of layer comps becomes apparent when you want to demonstrate a number of possible design arrangements to a client, for example.

In this section of the lesson, you’ll continue working with your gardening conference project, but you’ll use the version you saved earlier, not the flattened version. You’ll create different comps for each of the two languages used. You’ll also try out different visibility and layer styles, and then record layer comps for these possibilities. When you finish creating the layer comps, you can then review all the possible arrangements you’ve defined without having to select and deselect eye icons or change settings in the Layers palette. The layer comps are saved as part of the file, so they are not lost when you quit Photoshop.


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