My last entry was about avoiding the mistake of not naming layers or creating groups. Here’s an example of how I used groups to cut down on layer clutter. In the first screen shot, you can see I have three groups, each with a name relevant to the layers in the group. The second shot shows most of the layers in the group called Chair. You’ll notice I forgot to name a couple of the layers, which is not good. You need to name all the layers in the group as well as naming the group itself. This was done in Affinity Photo, but Photoshop or Photoshop Elements are not that much different.
Another mistake that I’ve made is not deleting layers I no longer want. Keeping unneeded layers will increase the file size. Not that important if you are printing at home or using it as wallpaper. What if you want to upload the file to a printer or a print-on-demand site like Fine Art America that have file size limits? In my example, the original file is 62.3 MB. I’ve added some layers to my original file and saved it, which brought the file size up to 82 MB. Now, I decide I don’t like those layers and I hide them. They are still there, but cannot be seen. This does not change the file size. It is still 82 MB. If I wanted to upload that file, those hidden layers may be the difference between my file being accepted or rejected. If you are not certain you want to permanently delete a layer (or layers), do a Save As and keep the same name, just tack on a number to remind you that you made and kept some changes. Example: Background Stars, Background Stars2, and so on.
File Size Examples
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