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Layer structure conventions

All layers should have valid names. 'untitled layer 2' is not a valid name. Layer naming as below:

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A - Content layers
Always descriptive and start with capitals.
B - Adjustment layers
Left to default naming unless otherwise needed.
C - Blend mode layers

Always simple initials in lower case. Follow this convention:

Blend mode
Naming Convention
Multiply m
Screen s
Overlay o
Color Burn cb
Color Dodge cd
Color c
Saturation s
Hue h
D - A simple cloned or painted addition
Mark as 'Add'.


If your Photoshop file has more than one group of layers (a group being defined as an image layer with multiple adjustment and blend mode layer above it) then the group must be separated by Layer Groups (menu: Layer / New / Group from Layers). Color those groups (right click on group and select color).

By the way… do not clip to layers that are completely opaque. Clipping only works if the layer is at least partly transparent.

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