What naming convention do you use?

over 10 years ago from , Pixel Pusher

So we all know naming files layout-final.psd is awful because you're going to end up with layout-final-3-final-really-final-final-seriouslythisisthefinal.psd

So I was wondering what is a good convention before the the numeral.

So is something like

clientname-homepage-1.psd the best approach?

How do you name your files?


  • Daryl GinnDaryl Ginn, over 10 years ago


    9 points
  • Lewis Braid, over 10 years ago

    I tend to use:

    clientname_home-v1a.psd - The use of letters and numbers helps keep revision naming tighter.

    7 points
  • Ryhan HassanRyhan Hassan, over 10 years ago

    I use layervault.

    5 points
  • Allan GrinshteinAllan Grinshtein, over 10 years ago

    I haven't had to name a file something-final.psd in quite some time. Seems archaic now.

    3 points
  • Account deleted over 10 years ago

    I use LayerVault and never have to name my files anything funky. Just layout.psd

    I only need one file also :P

    2 points
    • Dennis EusebioDennis Eusebio, over 10 years ago

      Same here. Using dropbox or layer vault freed me from having to make all of these different named files. All taking up space on the HD.

      0 points
  • Mike MellorMike Mellor, over 10 years ago

    I've recently been using Kerem Suer's naming conventions and it works pretty well. http://dribbble.com/shots/1131013-Naming/attachments/144887

    2 points
  • Bart Claeys, over 10 years ago

    We use a folder called 'Final', this avoids adding 'final' to the filename. Additionally on Mac we color the folder green. But be careful, people on PC won't see this. As for versioning, Dropbox keeps versions every time you save and we work for 100% on Dropbox all the time so our stuff is always backed-up.

    1 point
  • Jeff EscalanteJeff Escalante, over 10 years ago (edited over 10 years ago )

    I created a small script that takes the pain out of adding "final" to the end of your files, and automates it for you. You should totally use that instead of naming conventions ; )


    In a more serious vein, you should honestly never use filenames for versioning. If you want versioning, we have version control systems these days. For example, git or layervault.

    1 point
  • Per VPer V, over 10 years ago

    projectnamev1.0YYYYMMDD.psd - WIP projectnamev1.0YYYYMMDD-final.psd - Final

    Good communication with the customer tells me when something is "final". Once I've named a file "-final.psd" and there's any changes made, then I increment the version number in the filename - "projectnamev1.1YYYYMMDD.psd"

    0 points
  • Max SchultzMax Schultz, over 10 years ago

    Lots of profanity

    0 points
  • Daniël van der Winden, over 10 years ago

    A folder named yearmonthday-client-project, with files named yearmonthdate-project.extension

    0 points
  • Albert TreatAlbert Treat, over 10 years ago

    fasdf.psd fdsafasdf.psd fdsfads-v1.psd fkjfdsklafjdsa2(1).psd fkjfdsklafjdsa2(2).psd ohgodsomanyfiles.psd


    layervault, and for misc other files: yyyymmdd-filename-versionnum.extension

    ex: 20130724-contract-v3.pdf 20130724-contract-final.pdf 20130724-expenses.pdf

    I do yymmdd first so the useful bits of my filenames all left-align, and so it's easy to sort chronologically by filename.

    0 points
  • Moeed MohammadMoeed Mohammad, over 10 years ago

    Homepage-V1-MM Homepage-V1-R2-MM Product-Single-V1-R5-MM ...

    0 points
  • Matthaeus KrennMatthaeus Krenn, over 10 years ago

    I'm pretty surprised the majority here doesn't include their initials in the file name.

    0 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 10 years ago

    What is the rationale behind using hyphens or underscores in place of spaces to name psds?

    0 points
  • Greg ChristianGreg Christian, over 10 years ago

    I go with client name + job # + project name + round #

    So it I had my 4th project with Oakley for banners designers...


    0 points
  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, over 10 years ago

    I always use folders to help keep everything structure. Client > Project > Design > File

    They usually appears as ProjectPlatformContentVersion.psd DisneyWebLanding0.1.psd

    Final final namings is a schoolboy error and should be avoided.

    0 points
  • James StiffJames Stiff, over 10 years ago

    I usually go for something like:

    projectnamehomeDDMMYYWIP.psd (work in progress) projectnamehomeDDMMYYAW.psd (final artwork)

    It might seem overkill putting the date in there but I find it easier than referring to creation dates in the file meta data.

    If I end up creating multiple iterations on single day, I just add 01, 02 etc to the end of the file name.

    When folders start getting messy, I just dump all the old WIP files in a sub-folder called "WIP".

    0 points
    • Petri Partio, over 10 years ago

      I would recommend using YYYYMMDD. In your example things get messy when sorted by filename:

      projectnamehome010813WIP.psd projectnamehome300713WIP.psd projectnamehome310713_WIP.psd

      • VS-

      projectnamehome20130730WIP.psd projectnamehome20130731WIP.psd projectnamehome20130801_WIP.psd

      3 points
  • Sjors TimmerSjors Timmer, over 10 years ago

    Clientnamehome01.psd and then going a number up after each client review, in that way the final version is always the highest number. This does mean that if it's decided that after you show version 12, that 06 is much better, you have to save 06 as 13, but that's a small price to pay to avoid final_final.

    0 points