Compare Photoshop files Layer by Layer with ComparePSD
By on February 27th, 2010

Each and every one of us who has used Photoshop knows that when working on a big project it is prudent to keep saving copies of the same project as you progress. This is a   huge help as you can always go back to a previous version of your work if necessary, however, the problem lies in knowing the exact version of the project to go back to. Often, going through each and every file becomes too tedious a task. This greatly increases the amount of time spent on the project.

The good news for Windows users is that there is a free utility called ComparePSD that carries out a quick comparison of Photoshop PSD files on a layer-by-layer and effect-by-effect basis, making your search for that particular version of your work a whole lot easier!

You can select the files to be compared by right-clicking on them in Windows Explorer, meaning that the files can be selected from the folder itself without opening them first. ComparePSD will then show the files side by side and compare each and every layer in terms of the effects used in each layer, the layer visibility flags as well as the styling attributes. Thumbnails also contribute towards highlighting and making the differences more easy to detect.

The minimum OS requirement for ComparePSD is Windows XP.

The picture above offers a glimpse of how ComparePSD lists the differences between two selected PSD files.

Author: Shohini Sengupta
A very enthusiastic Writer, Blogger, Pianist, Vocalist and newbie Graphics artist, I love doodling pen and ink sketches and designing banners and CD covers. I am also a Biotech student and enjoy writing articles on new and exciting topics that catch my fancy between college and exams. :) My Twitter handle: @ShohiniBird

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  • http://www.ampercent.com Soumen

    The tool is great though I think it could be done using the "History" feature in Photoshop.

    • http://luciddarkness.blogspot.com Shohini Sengupta

      With all due respect, the History feature lets you go back to previous steps of your current work. Once you go back and make a new change at that point, you proceed via your original path again. Think of it as a fork in the road. You took a left at first and then went back and took the right path. However, using the History option, once you come back and take a right, you cannot go back via the path left of the fork.

      This is precisely why a tool such as ComparePSD comes in very handy. You can save different versions of your work and go back to any of them, with the tool letting you be sure of the version you want to go back to. Moreover, all the other versions are still there in case you need to go back to them again in future. :)

      • http://luciddarkness.blogspot.com Shohini Sengupta

        * cannot proceed via your original path.

 
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