Photoshop Secrets: You’ve Probably Never Seen this Before — Layer Comps

Over the past few years, I’ve been exporting thousands of image assets for websites and other media by combining a feature within Photoshop that’s been around for years, with some creative thinking and efficient workflows.

Using a feature called Layer Comps, you can prepare all of your file outputs using the least amount of layer repetition and highest productivity. Amazingly, everyone I speak to about Layer Comps has never heard of it before, so I thought I should share my process and help to improve everyone’s efficiency!

Enjoy the video above (subscribe to me on YouTube) and leave a comment if you get stuck on anything, or have some suggestions for other videos!

By the way, you will probably want to download and install a modified version of the script to stop the default _0001_ prefix to each exported filename. Get the modified script over here at

An expert example of using layer comps

One of the best uses I have had for layer comps is with the localisation of designs into different languages. So often, I have had to create a design to work across various languages using the same artwork. Using layer comps, I can prepare the artwork, apply all of the languages, export and relax. No need to panic about missing assets, overwriting the wrong file or inconsistencies in the designs. It’s honestly the most efficient workflow I’ve ever created — and no one has ever heard of it.

You’re welcome.

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