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Top 5 Photoshop Etiquette Tips

Nothing is worse for a developer or fellow graphic designer than getting a psd with un-named layers, no groups, and a bunch of copied layers.

So I’d like to encourage designers to follow my top 5 favorite Photoshop etiquette tips via

Consolidating all assets in a folder relative to the psd will make it very easy for another designer/developer to pick up where you left off and make sure all the files are included in delivery.

2) NAME LAYERS, AND NAME THEM APPROPRIATELY – It is important to appropriately name all your layers so it isn’t a guessing game when you/or someone else needs to find something. When naming the layers, make them unique and arrange them how it is displayed on the file. Instead of ’CTA Button’ , try ‘Download Brochure CTA’ and arrange it accordingly from top to bottom.

3) USE FOLDERS – Group all sections by a folder and each module in its own folder. You can also use the folder color so you will always know which main section you are in. For instance on a website I will color coordinate my header, body,footer and background folders so I know which main section I’m in.

4) DELETE UNNECESSARY LAYERS – Once you finalize the design, remove any unnecessary layer files. If you insist on keeping them, save a copy with all the unused layers. In the final design comp, it’s important to keep things simple and keep the file size down.

5) KEEP LOGOS AS VECTOR SMART OBJECTS – Not only should you keep logos in vector form, but I’d recommend any vector object. Also use smart objects to consolidate common elements. Let us know what your favorite tip is by commenting below! See more tips at