Both in the real world and in the digital field, effective and reliable file management is an important prerequisite for efficient operation. From the structure of the document to the naming method, from the order of each layer in Photoshop to each line of CSS code, an effective organizational structure is an efficient prerequisite. This argument makes sense. Think about how you feel when you come across the following situations:
• You cannot edit the text layer in the PSD because you cannot determine the folder where you want to install the fonts
• You want to replace a layer that has already been your grid, but you can't find the original picture and material
• You are not sure which is the final version of the PSD, because the PSD name in your folder is "This is the final version." The final final version of the PSD "". PSD "" The final version is here. PSD "" There is no other version of this. PSD "and" Untitled-1. PSD "
If you often encounter the above and similar situations, then you really need to understand the efficient designer's Photoshop folder sorting.
1. Organize folders
To avoid this, you need to make a rule, and the most basic rule is to make and stick with the simple folder structure that all projects are used for. Of course, everyone's way is different, the following is the way I organize.
The top-level folder is the folder that is divided by the customer. Among these folders is the project folder for each customer. (e.g. "XX product design", or "2015 Christmas theme")
In the project folder, I place two types of folders, one for resource material and another for functional design-related folders. Design projects usually require a system solution, such as a Web site design with a mail system, and when designing a project like this, I will copy a set of functional folder groups into this folder.
The material folder is usually a summary description of the project, a requirement description, a plan, a picture, a video, a copy, and all the relevant documents and materials.
Design related folders
The relevant documents generated during the design process are stored in this area. Only the final PSD is placed in the root directory of the folder, and other documents generated during the process are stored in the corresponding subfolders.
Store old PSD documents, storyboards, and presentation documents in this folder.
/design-assets (Design resources)
Store the main design support files in this folder, such as fonts, icon sets, and related PSD documents.
/dev-assets (development resources)
This folder mainly places the development related resources, such as SVG documents, optimized pictures and videos.
This folder is primarily a source of inspirational material and documentation, such as mood boards, screenshots, UI patterns, and so on.
/storyboards (story board)
This folder is primarily for storyboards and subsequent presentation documents.
/ux (User experience)
I'll put some notes, wireframes, user histories and user processes in this folder.
2. File naming
With the folder system in place, you also need to make file naming rules. A reliable name allows you to search and identify, although there is a personal preference for words and abbreviations, but the following rules should help you:
Take a PSD example, the name contains the customer name, project name, project type and version number:
The picture and storyboard also take a similar approach, with the type of material and resources added after the project type:
Whenever you design a project, you can quickly navigate to specific customers, feature items, and specific types of documents by using this naming method, easy to remember and easy to find.
Do a lot of organizing your design folders, develop good habits and amway your collaborators and co-workers, the efficiency improvement will be quite obvious.Category: