If you’re someone like me, who creates multiple versions of the same project, you probably have a ton of similar files on your computer. However, there is another way to deal with this issue!
Layer Comps in Photoshop
A Layer Comp in Photoshop allows you to create variations of elements within your project, without having to save a separate file, and at any time, you can switch from version to version! In this tip, we’re going to try out different variations of the website’s header, to see which one suites the website best.
Start off by revealing your Layer Comps panel, which can be found under the Window menu. When it’s visible, create a new Layer Comp for the current version, which I’ll name “Centered Logo/Buttons on Right”.
It’s usually a good idea to keep all the options checked. Layer Comps remembers Visibility, Position, and Apperance(Layer Styles).
Now that your first comp is saved, you are safe to modify the visibility, position or appearance of your layers. Move the main logo to the left side of the header, and add a slight Inner Shadow to give it some depth.
Now that you have a second variation of your design that you’re happy with, make sure to save another Layer Comp.
Now, if you’ve noticed, both your Layer Comps are visible in the Layer Comp panel, allowing you to very quickly switch between your variations, or even revert back to an earlier design if needed.
So if you’re looking to make minor changes to your project, especially with the visibility, positioning or appearance of layers, using Layer Comps may be more beneficial than saving multiple files.
Thanks to _Billy_Brown for the tip suggestion!