Hello everyone. Today I thought I'd make a short post about how I manage to keep my layers organized. I've been asked this a couple times so I figured it'd be nice if I just shared my secret with everyone who reads this blog. I do a lot of programming on my own so my organization skills come from that aspect of myself. In programming, you need to keep everything organized or you will spend hours trying to track down issues. In Photoshop, the principle is the same. If you are doing a massive commission then you need to keep layers organized and clean (for instance, if you are doing animations). Here are a few simple tricks I do to keep my workplace clean.
1. Name every layer. You can rename every layer, mask, shape, text, whatever to anything you want. just double click the name and type in a new one. Keeping layers named relevantly will do wonders for you when you try to locate the one layer you need to edit. This is how I name.
bg - Background
st - Stock
txt - Text
sh - Shape
msk - Mask
So my naming works like this. txtEXAMPLE where txt tells me what the layer is and EXAMPLE can be replaced with any word that quickly tells you whats on the layer itself. This is useful for scanning through images with large amounts of layers quickly. When working with only a handful of layers though, I generally wouldn't bother :)
2. Use Groups. There is a folder by the trash can icon at the bottom of the layer pane. that folder creates a group that you can put layers into. Using groups to organize layers by type and function works wonders for keeping your workspace neat and tidy!
Using those two tips, your workplace can look nice and clean, and be easy to navigate. I hope this helped you out in some way!