Layer Comps

When you need to show different versions of a work in progress to your clients, you could create multiple versions and then view them as a slide show from Bridge. However, trying to keep track of all the different versions, incorporating the client's comments, and creating modified files and then another slide show can become tiresome and lead to errors. A much better option is to create Layer Comps. You can quickly cycle through them and keep comments in the file by using Annotations. What's more, the Layer Comps are saved with the master file so that you can update them or view them at your convenience. If your client can't come to you, you can export the Layer Comps as a slide show by saving it as a PDF presentation or as a Web Photo Gallery.

To create a Layer Comp, peg the view that you would like to capture as a composition. In the Layer Comps palette (Window ^ Layer Comps), click the Create New Layer Comp button in the bottom of the palette. When the New Layer Comp dialog box appears (Figure 6-4), select the options that you want to include:

■ Visibility—Refers to layer visibility.

■ Position—Refers to the position of the layer in the document.

■ Appearance (Layer Style)—Refers to any applied layer style and its blend mode.

Figure 6-4: The New Layer Comp dialog box.

Enter any comments in the Comment text box and click the OK button. Repeat for different compositions.

To create a PDF presentation, choose File ^ Scripts ^ Layer Comps to PDF. Click the Browse button in the Layer Comps to PDF dialog box and choose a location to save the PDF. Check the boxes as required and then click Run to create the PDF presentation (Figure 6-5).

Figure 6-5: The Layer Comps to PDF dialog box.

To create a Web Photo Gallery, choose File ^ Scripts ^ Layer Comps to WPG and select from the options presented (see Chapter 18).

While you're working on the document, if a caution icon appears next to the Layer Comp name, it means that a Layer Comp cannot be updated because you have deleted merged a layer, converted it to a background, or converted to another color mode.

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  • semolina brandybuck
    What is layer comps to wpg?
    6 years ago

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