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Lesson 5. Layer Basics > Create new layer comps based on layer visibility

Create new layer comps based on layer visibility

The first two layer comps you create will simply show one or the other of the two language versions (French or English) for the conference information. This reduces the effort required to switch back and forth between the two versions from two clicks (resetting the eye icons) to one click (selecting a layer comp).

1.
Open the Layer Comps palette by clicking its tab in the palette well.

2.
Drag the Layer Comps palette tab from the palette well to any convenient location on your screen, placing it so that you can see it, the entire image window, and the Layers palette as you work. (You can close the Navigator, Color, History, and Character palette groups to reduce clutter.)

3.
Move and resize the Layers palette as needed so that you can see all levels with all items fully expanded.

4.
In the Layers palette, click the eye icon () for the “Mai 18” text layer to hide it. In the image window, make sure that the “May 18” text layer is visible.

5.
In the Layers Comp palette, click the Create New Layer Comp button () at the bottom of the palette.

6.
In the New Layer Comp dialog box, type English in the Name option and select all three check boxes under Apply To Layers: Visibility, Position, and Appearance. Then click OK.

7.
Using the eye icons in the Layers palette, make the “Mai 18” layer visible and hide the “May 18” text layer.

8.
Repeat Steps 5 and 6, but this time type French instead of English as the name for the new layer comp.

Although the switch between the French and English versions of the image involves only changes in visibility—that is, the state of the eye icons in the Layers palette—you’ll be making other types of changes later in this section. That’s why you selected all three check boxes under Apply To Layers when you defined these two layer comps.

What would happen if you had selected only the Visibility option? You’d need to backtrack later to select the other two options, reset the original layer conditions, and then update these layer comps—a lot of extra work that you can avoid by selecting all three options now.


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