Face of Adrian Isbiceanu

Adrian Isbiceanu

Master Thesis Student

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Was a master student at the RWTH Aachen University.

supervisor: Jan-Peter Krämer


Versioning Control System for Graphic Design – A layered approach



Revisionary control systems are common in the world of software development; sites like GitHub and BitBucket have become the go-to place for any developer to learn, to explore and to contribute. This is not the case when it comes to design; normally these kinds of files are harder to manage than text files.
We initiated the study with an analysis of designers’ completing of routine tasks which led to the observation that, when using Photoshop, they had a strong tendency of organizing their work into groups of layers, and only working on small parts of the file. We have thus proposed a new Version Control solution, which tracks the history changes on a layer based system,instead of using the whole document history.
With this approach we showcase an innovative model of navigating the history. We propose and explain filters that increase the speed and enable finding a desired version. We present a viable option for live collaboration between designers through the use of branches and how layer-based merges can also be accomplished. In conclusion we propose a solution by integrating the traditional ’undo’ system into the Version Control System, thus removing the limitations that come with the linear ’undo’ System.



  • Adrian Isbiceanu. Versioning Control System for Graphic Design – A layered approach. Master's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, August 2016.
    PDF DocumentBibTeX Entry

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.