I am working on a web UI design and using adobe-photoshop. I have to make complete UI to show what exactly a screen would look after different interactions.

Say, the following is the basic layout of the design, with four sections A, B, C and D. Basic Layout for the design

Now I have some 10 interactions and so 10 different files in which I'm showing that how section C varies on different interactions. So, I make the 10 designs and save them. Then later I realize that a change is required Section A. So I have to do the same change 10 times in all of those files.

So, question is, is there a way, where I edit part(few layers) of a file once and it gets 'synced' across multiple PSD files?

PS: I tried using Smart-Objects and saving sections as different PSDs and importing them, but nothing helped.

  • possible duplicate of how to add one smart object in multiple files in photoshop?
    – Scott
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 16:08
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    isn't it way easier to work with the layer comps palette in a single file instead of making different files?
    – Vincent
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 17:16
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    I agree with bakabaka, create one PSD and export/toggle out each layergroup while keeping the common elements visible.
    – John
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 17:24

2 Answers 2


No. Photoshop does not contain any "publish <> subscribe" options, which is what you are describing is known as.

  • Actually, there is nothing inbuilt, but there is a plugin canlinkit.com
    – Chokho
    Commented Sep 30, 2013 at 6:47
  • So this entire Q&A was nothing but spam then?
    – Scott
    Commented Sep 30, 2013 at 7:04
  • You feel so? After sharing this question on social networks, I got to know about the plugin. :)
    – Chokho
    Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 9:49

There are external plugins that are able to do the thing, one such plugin is canlinkit.

The other option that I found was using layer-comps. It can be referred here.

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