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I'm designing a iOS interface that had some last minute changes to the tab bar (across the bottom) and many of the screens had already been set up as Photoshop Layer Comps maintaining visibility, positioning and appearance.

Now that I've made my tweaks to the tab bar I need the new tab bar positioning in all of my existing layer comps. Is there an easy way to accomplish this without having to go through each comp and adjust?

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I don't have an answer for this, because I use Groups instead of Layer Comps. I've found Layer Comps to be really, really frustrating to use for app states when designing for iOS, so I don't use them. –  Marc Edwards Jun 6 '12 at 3:37
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If you've got one visual element -- on its own layer -- that's being used across multiple LayerComps, and that element needs a change to be applied universally on all those LayerComps:

  1. Select all your LayerComp states at once
  2. Make the necessary change
  3. Hit the update-layer-comps button while all the LayerComp states are still highlighted.

The change should be applied to all states simultaneously.

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Fastest solution at this point is probably to pick one comp, record an Action that nudges the tab bar to the new location, then use that Action on each of the rest of the comps. Assign a kbsc and it gets quite fast.

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Are your layercomps using the "position" feature? I find it annoying.

I would go through to each layer comp and open its "LayerComp Options" dialog. And there turn OFF Position and Appearance. Just use the layercomps to track Visibility.

Then when you move something, it moves on all layercomps.

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I was using positioning, but after turning it off at the point I was at each comp was completely out of whack. Noted for the future though. I use positioning on lengthier screens so that I can create several comps as if the user had swiped up/down. –  David Jun 7 '12 at 13:23
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