Layers In Photoshop



To understand and judiciously use layers in Photoshop is like breathing air. Layers are the backbone of Photoshop if you understand layers, their orientation and their use you will become king of Photoshop. Layers can be nested one upon other and can be hidden and applied various effects, masked and can even be clipped to each other and locked if needed. So anything on Photoshop is to be done on layers. You will find tons of (.PSD) files (which is an extension of a Photoshop file) on internet and also you would be making tons on your computer for yourself, your friends or your clients but you can notice each .PSD file is unique in itself. They are like figure prints on thumb all around the world none of them is exact same. So how do these file creation differs widely? Answer is the use and arrangement of layers by individual. But there are certain standards for making a professional .PSD file and that’s totally dependent on use and arrangement of layers.

Screenshot 1
Screenshot 1


Screenshot 2
Screenshot 2

I will try to explain this with a nice example that will clearly show what the difference between a professional is and a non-professional (.PSD) file design. Check the image Screenshot 1 and the image Screenshot 2 attached in this article they are both the layer panel of same logo designed in Photoshop for company named “Vitalia Osteopathy”. The Screenshot 1 is the organized and a professional version and the Screenshot 2 is a non-professional version.  Now just check the layers name and arrangement in both of the image you will clearly see the difference Screenshot 1 looks quite organized even a person who has not designed this (.PSD) file can identify the layers which correlates to the image. This shows that the designer is a pro person. For example a leaf vector file and separator are used so the designer here has used appropriate name to the layers and nested them under appropriate group like Concept 1 and Concept 2. This way when you hand over your final file to your customer they will be happy and even they pass over the file to coder or other person they will find it easy to identify appropriate layers. And not only the customer but you will also find it helpful when you have lots of designed (.PSD) and you need to find a particular layers form them, if you have named and arranged them properly it becomes a minute job or else it will be the most time consuming job.


Especially layers arrangement becomes very helpful when the designed (.PSD) file goes for html/css coding, because the Html/css slicer use to identify each layers to make a separate code from them so if he has a well-organized (.PSD) file with him he can easily pick up the layers and do the work flawlessly. If not it will be pain in ass for him. If you do code yourself then you will understand the problem. So whenever you design in Photoshop try to name every layer, text or images used accordingly and arrange them under separate groups like if you design a web page make groups like logo, navigation bar, body, footer and place each element under appropriate group so this way it becomes easy and a professional way to design. And in my point of view this is the basic fundamental principal that every new bee designer needs to learn so that he can be well organized in his works. And not only in Photoshop but if have you followed the same rule in storing files you will be benefited more. I will explain you this with a true real example; I designed a logo for my client back in 2008 and then the same client returned in 2012 demanding the same file because he lost it and he was ready to pay thrice the amount he paid me for designing the logo just to get the file back. But in 4 years I had about 4million files on my computers and servers so if I was not organized It would be really hard for me but I always arrange my works properly. So I just went in folder 2008 and entered the name of the client and opened the directory of projects under his name and then entered the name of the project and finally found the original file and delivered him he was so happy that he even gave me a bonus tip for my arrangements. And among my all clients I am famous especially for my arranged order of working. So be organized in your works and in creating (.PSD) file and I bet you, you will never lag back.


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