Photoshop: Adding contextual labels to layers

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For layers in Photoshop, I think it would be great to have a contextual label system where people can mark various layers for a certain context and then be able to show/hide layers based on context.

For example, if I'm building a webpage design and I have different options for how a navigation menu would look or options for some other feature that I design, I would be able to assign contexts to the corresponding layers that I would like to be able to quickly hide/show to display the various different looks of the design.

This would make it easier to create multiple looks for a design without having to duplicate many layers that would not change between the different looks. Right now I would have to set up top level groups for Idea1, Idea2, etc... so that I could switch between them and with this route it unnecessarily adds much more layers which increases the overall file size of the PSD.

Another benefit would be you wouldn't need to have multiple PSD's for the same general design if you went that route vs setting up top level groups.

To me this would help with maintainability for complex designs that have different options.
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Do you currently use Layer Comps?
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Nope. That looks like what I'm after though. I had no idea that was in Photoshop. Thanks for enlightening me!