Photoshop: "Nested" Documents

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The Background
Today I was working on a template that could be used by YouTube users to help create accurate backgrounds for their channels with Photoshop. One of the things I try to accomplish with these templates is make it so that the user doesn't have to do anything other than open the document and get working. In this case, I wanted a way for both standard YouTube users and YouTube partners to be able to use the same document without having to move the layout around (partners require a gap at the top to accommodate their banner). I was hoping to accomplish this with snapshots, but I found that snapshots don't stay after saving and closing the file. So that's where my idea came up!

The Idea
My idea is to create a feature called "nested photoshop documents." Let's say you wanted to create different variations of something, like a logo, but didn't want to save it in separate PSD files. Normally you could just put the different logos into separate groups and turn them on/off as needed, but that could get a bit tedious after a while.

So what you would do is create a new "nest;" either from scratch or by duplicating the current document into the new nest. In this separate nest, everything you do will have no effect on any other nests that you had created. It would be like having multiple documents in one! Except in this case, you would only have to save the document once, and can clean up precious space in the layers panel.

This would be particularly useful if you're trying to share multiple files with others. They would merely download the one nested PSD, versus downloading the several different documents, and switch between the nests similar to how you switch between snapshots. I don't know about you, but I would love to have a feature like this!!!

Example:
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You might want to read up on layer comps. They already do most of what you are describing.
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Oh really now? Well then, this will be interesting. Thanks!