Tip du Jor: Photoshop Layers

Whether you’re a designer or not, if you’re fluent in Photoshop you know how easy it is for the layering system to get out of hand. The *simplest* of creations could have dozens of layers {hello, icon designers!} and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost track of which layer is what and click the little eyeball incessantly until I find what I’m looking for. What a headache.

In order to avoid this, I started naming and grouping all of my layers. It’s a simple tool to keep organized and is also beneficial when it comes to outsourcing PSD files to developers.

Grouping layers is easy. Simply hold shift and select the layers you want to group then go to Layer > Group Layers {or ctrl+G if you’re into shortcuts}

Voila! A folder named Group should now appear in your layer list. From there you can double click on the default text and re-name it to whatever you wish. Clicking the arrow associated with the Group collapses the sub-layers within the folder.

Don’t forget to Save {ctrl+S} along the way to ensure your progress is stored. I’m waiting for the day Photoshop adds an auto-save function to the software. Now that would be a life saver.

I hope these quick tips are of some help to those of you out there who tinker around with Photoshop. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them.


  1. Krysten says:

    I have been BEGGING my boyfriend to teach me the ins and outs of Photoshop! He says I don’t have the attention span lol.

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November 1, 2012 Design, Geek Chic