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Renaming and grouping layers


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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Renaming and grouping layers

If you're going to be utilizing a lot of layers inside of Photoshop, it's a great idea to start practicing grouping and renaming those layers to keep your file organized, so if you handed this off to a developer or if you simply open it up six months later, anybody could open it up and understand exactly what's going on. So I've got this file opened here called explorer layers.psd. And as you can see, inside of the Layers panel, it's a mess. I need to get this thing organized so that I can hand this off to my application developer to further it along. So let me bring out the Layers panel so we can actually see what's going on, and let's take a look at how we can remedy this unorganized thing.
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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design
4h 56m Appropriate for all Jul 17, 2012 Updated Oct 04, 2013

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Join Justin Seeley as he reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Adobe Photoshop. The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools.

Topics include:
  • Customizing a web workspace
  • Decoding the mysteries behind screen size and resolution
  • Coloring web graphics
  • Using layers and layer comps effectively
  • Working with transparency
  • Creating wireframes on a grid
  • Styling text
  • Creating image sprites
  • Optimizing images as JPEG, GIF, or PNG files
  • Integrating with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Web Design Web Foundations
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Justin Seeley

Renaming and grouping layers

If you're going to be utilizing a lot of layers inside of Photoshop, it's a great idea to start practicing grouping and renaming those layers to keep your file organized, so if you handed this off to a developer or if you simply open it up six months later, anybody could open it up and understand exactly what's going on. So I've got this file opened here called explorer layers.psd. And as you can see, inside of the Layers panel, it's a mess. I need to get this thing organized so that I can hand this off to my application developer to further it along. So let me bring out the Layers panel so we can actually see what's going on, and let's take a look at how we can remedy this unorganized thing.

So the first thing I need to do is determine exactly which layers need to be renamed and which ones need to be grouped together. So I'm just going to go through, starting at the bottom, and find out what everything is and what I need to do with it. In order to do that, I'm going to use a very simple method. I'm just going to toggle the visibility of the layer and see what and where it is. If I hit this first one, it's actually the footer down here at the bottom. So in order to rename this layer, I'll just double- click and then I'll type in "Footer" and hit Enter. For this one, toggle the visibility. That's a little stripe across the top.

It's usually where the carrier information goes for a mobile phone. So I'm just going to double-click again. I'll select that text and I'll type in "Carrier Info." We'll find out this. Okay, that's the blue strip across the top, so we'll double-click that. And I'm just going to call this the Header. Right here, this is the bird icon. I can tell that simply by looking at the layer thumbnail. So I'll double-click there and I'll type "Bird Icon." This is a rounded rectangle. I can tell. That this should be this guy right up here.

So I'm going to hit that and call it Compose Button. Now I get in o some tricky areas because things are just named arbitrarily like Rectangle 3 and layer 2, Copy 3, and a bunch of text. So I need to figure out exactly what these do. So again, I'm going to visibility test. So let's do this. Okay. So that's the top rectangle. So I'll just double-click, and I'll select that text and I'll type in "Top Rectangle." This is the text on the top one, so we'll type in "Top Text." This one here, it's the Top Photo, and there we go.

I'll do the same thing for these. Let's do the visibility test. So that's 2nd Rectangle, the 2nd Text. Select the next layer up. Toggle the visibility. That's the 2nd Photo. And again, I'm just double- clicking the text, changing the name, and hitting Enter to commit to the change. I'll keep scrolling up. Again, toggle the visibility next to the layer, in this Rectangle 3 copy 2. So I'll double- click that and I'll change this to 3rd Rectangle.

Go up, toggle the text. That is the 3rd Text. This one should be the 3rd Photo. Let's see. There we go, 3rd Photo. Next one, 4th Rectangle, 4th Text, and that should be the last photo, 4th Photo. There we go. Okay, now I've got all my layers named, but they're still not very organized. So what I'm going to do is start regrouping all of the layers.

So in this case, I know the Header, the Bird Icon, and the Compose Button are all at the very top. So is the Carrier Info. So what I'm going to do is put these in the order they appear on the screen. So I'm going to put the Carrier Info up above the Compose Button. I'll put the Bird Icon above the Compose Button as well. And then the Header goes behind all of it, because the Header is the blue part that goes behind everything. I'm then going to select Header, hold down Shift, and click the Compose Button, hold down Shift, click the Bird, hold down Shift, and click Carrier Info.

Then I'm simply going to, on my keyboard, press Command+G or Ctrl+G. That groups those layers together, and now I'll double-click where it says Group 1 and I can select that text and change this to Header. So that's my Header group. I am now going to go through and select all of these rows of content--this one, this one, this one, et cetera--and group those together. Luckily I've named them in such a way where I can easily grab the ones that go with each other. For instance, this one says Top, Top, and Top. So I'll just select all three of those.

I did that by holding down Shift and clicking, and then Command+G or Ctrl+G, and I'll type this in, Top Row. Select the 2nd Rectangle, 2nd Text, and 2nd Photo. Group those with Command+G or Ctrl+G. Double-click and I'll type out 2nd Row. Select all the 3rd, group them, and this one will be 3rd Row. And then finally, the 4th, group those, and 4th Row, okay. Now the Footer, I'm probably going to put some more stuff down here with the Footer, so I'm going to go ahead and throw it in its own group. And I just selected it and hit Command+G or Ctrl+G to do that, and I'll call this the Footer.

Now the Header, I'll move that group to the top just by clicking and dragging it up. You've got to be careful to get it in between one of the other rows, because if you drop it right on top of the 4th Row, it will actually go inside that other group. So you see that little bounding box that's around the outside of it when I'm on top of the 4th Row right there? That slight little bounding box tells me I'm going to drop it in. If I drag it up a little bit further, the bounding box goes away and a little white line appears at the top. That's what I'm looking for. I'm going to go ahead and let go and the Header moves to the top. I'll move the Top Row right beneath the Header.

Notice I'm looking for that little line in between again. Drop it. 2nd Row, drop it. 3rd Row, drop it. So now everything is in the right order. I've got my Header up top, Top Row, 2nd Row, 3rd Row, 4th Row, followed by the Footer, and then of course we've the Background in the back. So let me toggle the visibility of the individual groups and show you what I've done now. So here is the Header. If I turn it off, everything at the very top disappears. Here's my Top Row, the 2nd Row, 3rd, 4th, and then my Footer at the bottom.

So now if I open all these up, you can see, they've all been grouped together, they've all got all the layers that were in there originally, and all the layers have also been renamed, and they're a lot easier to find it and a lot easier to deal with. So now instead of having to deal with all of these layers all at once, anytime I want to work on a specific area of this design, I just find the group where that object is located, temporarily open that group, and work on it there. So for instance, let's say I want to change the 4th Photo down here at the bottom.

I just open up 4th row, find the 4th Photo and I can make a change to just that photo. I don't have to open up all these other ones, and I don't have to go searching for it, because I've named it something easy to remember. It's always good practice to go through and name and group your layers as you work inside of Photoshop. But I realize a lot of times you're in a hurry and you just simply don't have the time to do that. But if you go back out after the fact and clean them up nice and neat like this, the developers you hand off your projects to, or even your coworkers that you share them with, will appreciate you so much more.

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