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Lesson 5. Layer Basics > Using layer comps to view document variations

Using layer comps to view document variations

Here’s the fun part about layer comps: switching back and forth. Although your two layer states differ only in the visibility of two layers, with a little imagination you can appreciate how much of a time-saver this would be for more complex variations.

1.
If the Apply Layer Comp icon () does not already appear on the French layer comp, click the box to set it there now. The image window shows the “Mai 18” text layer and and hides the “May 18” text layer.

2.
Click the box for the English layer comp. The Apply Layer Comp icon appears beside the English layer comp instead of by the French layer comp, and the visibility of the “Mai 18” and “May 18” text layers reverses.

3.
In the Layers palette, click the “Jardin 2004” text layer eye icon to hide that layer.

In the Layer Comps palette, notice that the Apply Layer Comp icon now appears on the Last Document State level, indicating that the current layer settings are no longer based on a defined layer comp.

4.
In the Layer Comps palette, click the box next to the French layer comp, so that the Apply Layer Comp icon appears there.

The image returns to its state when you defined this layer comp—with the “Jardin” and “Mai 18” text layers visible.

5.
Click the box for Last Document State.

Now, the image appears as it did after Step 3, with the “Jardin” text layer hidden and the conference information in English.


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