Ask DN: What are your layer nicknames?

over 6 years ago from , Head of Design at Token

Here's some off the top of my head:

Page indicator dots - Doot Doots Unused experiment layers - Dump FX layers - Sparklez / Rainbows / Flavor Crystals


  • Andrew Michael ToddAndrew Michael Todd, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    I usually stick to something nice and organized like:

    Layer Copy 4,

    Group 7 Copy,

    Rectangle 132 Copy,

    Oval 25 Copy 2,



    Button Copy 10

    41 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 6 years ago

    When I'm feeling extra lazy/it doesn't matter, I just name layers "Jones". It's just the first thing to come to my head.

    3 points
  • Mark FinnMark Finn, over 6 years ago

    I once wrote "Foota" instead of "Footer" in a PSD and my employer (which is thankfully now an ex employer) pulled me up on it.

    Sidenote: Employers can be dicks.

    0 points
  • Brenton RawlinsonBrenton Rawlinson, over 6 years ago

    Art boards I use for trying random ideas out before including into the main design I usually name "Playground"

    Everything else gets named by it's purpose. (Top Panel, CTA Hero, BG Art and so on...)

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  • Wyatt CampizWyatt Campiz, over 6 years ago

    I'm very OCD when it comes to my layers. Everything is labeled exactly what it is. Ex: bg (background), header, menu bar, body text etc. I can't help it, it's just how I'm wired.

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    • Eric REric R, over 6 years ago

      I start out like that....100 revisions later everything is a copy of a copy.

      2 points
  • Ollie BarkerOllie Barker, over 6 years ago

    Haha you should supply a terminology doc when you handover your design files so other designers don't get to confused ;)

    0 points
  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, over 6 years ago

    Base, Circle, Rectangle, Bitmap and for text layers the actual text string.

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  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 6 years ago

    Here's a tip: you can stop PS from appending 'copy' at the end of a duplicate layer and this way if you have 3 profile images, you can just name one Image and they will all be named Image. It's one less thing to have to clean up.

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  • Luc PestilleLuc Pestille, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    'bg' for 'background' is a standard, but apart from that I'm a bit of a layer name OCD-er, and the best thing I've ever done to keep it in check is to change one of the shortcuts; Ctrl-R now renames a layer, rather than toggling the rulers (because who uses them?). It's the first tip I share with any other designer, and changed my life. Also, you can use emoji in layer names, so [ghost][poop] (DN won't show the real emoji) is valid too...

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  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    I don't name everything, but do name folders to give contents context enough to figure out what it is, along with the visual. "Button" will have a text layer and a shape layer, for example, which pretty much speaks for itself!


    .edit: I just realized this file is a bit of an exception to my usual layer panel usage; I usually have some form of colouring going on as well.

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