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In this movie, I'll introduce you to layer comps, which allow you to save the visibility of a layer or group, that is, whether it's turned on or off, as well as appearance attributes including opacity, blend modes and layer effects. And Layer Comps can be useful for creating design variations inside of a single image file. As well as graphic alternates for a client for example. We'll be using Layer Comps in order to demonstrate the stages in the creation of this artwork. To get to the Layer Comps pannel, go up to the Window menu and choose Layer Comps and then you will see where this image is concerned a total of 7 Layer Comps in a row right here, we can tell that the final Layer Comp is active because it has a little page icon in front of it, you can switch between Layer Comps by clicking in the Little box in Front of the comp, like so.
And in this case I've switched to the Facial features comp. You can also advance through the comps, by clicking on these Arrow icons at the bottom of the panel. So, let's say I decide to start with final artwork. I'll go ahead and click in front of it, so it's active. And then if I click on the Right pointing Arrowhead. I'll cycle around to the very first Layer Comp in a stack, Join sketch, which is that pencil sketch that Sam and I created together. And then I can go ahead and advance from there to the template version of the image and so forth.
Now, if you loaded D keys, I've gone ahead and set up keyboard short-cuts to go forward and backward through the Layer Comps. And so to go forward, you press mash-your-fist, F12. That is to say, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F12 here on a PC, or Cmd+Shift+Option+F12 on a Mac And that way I can just advance all the way through the various stages of this artwork, like so. If you want to move backwards, it's the same thing, but F 11. So, Ctrl Shift Alt F 11. Here on a PC, or Cmd-Shift-Option, F11 on the Mac.
So that's really all there is to working with Layer Comps. Once you've created them, of course. But let me show you what happens if something goes wrong with your Layer Comps. I'll go ahead and switch to this version of the image here. That contains a total of 5 added to 7 layer accounts that are available in the other file because we'll be creating those missing too in the next movies. But for now, I want you to notice that we have some caution icons next to three of the Comps. And these are the combs that have existed. Over the course of the last few movies.
The reason that they have these caution icons, is because we deleted those empty layers, a few movies back. And anytime you delete a layer after creating a Comp, then you get this alert message, telling you something is missing. But, in our case it turns out not to be a problem at all, because we can just update the Comp so it doesn't remember those old layers. And here's how that works. We want to go ahead and click in front of the Comp in question. In my case final artwork, in order to make it active. And then just make sure everything you see on screen is the way you want it to be.
In which case, drop down to this little update icon at the bottom of the panel, and click on it and that will update the Layer Comp so it has no memory of the missing layers. And as a result the Caution icon disappears. Now I'll go ahead and advance to joint sketch which looks totally great, no problems. So I'll click on the Update icon for it is well and then I'll advance to the template layer, which also looks exactly the way it should. And so I'll click on that update icon a final time. Now of course if there had been some problems and you do have to keep a careful eye out.
To make sure that nothing's missing. Then you pour over your layers and turn the layers on or off that need to be changed. In my case, however, I'm just going to go ahead and advance through my remaining layer comps to just make sure that they look fine, until I arrive at the final version of the artwork shown here. And so there you have the basics for working with Layer Comps as well as updating them. In the next movie, I'll show you how to create a custom Layer Comp of your own.
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