Creating and using layers

Layers can be used to easily organize a collection of similar shapes that can be hidden or formatted in bulk. For example, if you draw a keyboard, you may want to put each key into the same layer, so that they can be selected easily.

Displaying the layers dialog

To show the layers dialog:

  • Click on View menu, then on Show properties.
The layers dialog
The layers dialog

The default layer

By default, all shapes will be created on the default layer, unless moved to another layer.

The default layer cannot be removed nor hidden.

Creating new layers

To create a new layer:

  • Click on the + icon in the Layers dialog
  • Or right click on a shape, select Assign to layer, then on New layer

Creating non printable, hidden or comment layers

On occasions you may want to create layers that is not printable nor included in your export, for example, a layer for comments or notes on your drawings.

To create a non printable layer:

  • Select a layer, then click on the dot menu on the right of the layer
  • Then click on Show in print/publish
The layer dot menu
The layer dot menu

A check mark will denote if the layer is included in print / publish / export.

If a layer is NOT included in print/publish, they will also be removed during export, therefore is suitable for usage as a comment or notes layer that will not affect the final export.

Renaming layers

To rename a layer:

  • Double click on the layer name in the Layers dialog
  • Or click on the dot menu at the right of your layer, and select Rename layer

Selecting an active layer

To select an active layer:

  • Click on a layer in the Layers dialog
The current active layer shown in light blue
The current active layer shown in light blue

Once an active layer is selected, all shapes being added to the drawing will automatically be added to the active layer.

Assigning shapes to layers

To assign a shape to a layer:

  • Right click on a shape, select Assign to layer, then the layer to be assigned

Inheriting layers

When copying or duplicating shapes, all shapes will automatically inherit their previously assigned layer.

For example, if a shape is assigned to My custom layer, when duplicated, the shape will be automatically be assigned to My custom layer.

To reassign a shape to another layer, use Assigning shapes to layers.

Deleting layers

To delete a layer:

  • Click on the dot menu to the right of the layer in the Layers dialog
  • Then select Delete layer

If a layer to be deleted contains shapes, you will be prompted to move all shapes to Default layer, or choose to delete the shapes.

Selecting all shapes in a layer

To select all shapes in a layer:

  • Click on the layer's Pointer icon
Selecting shapes in layers by clicking on the pointer icon
Selecting shapes in layers by clicking on the pointer icon

Showing or hiding shapes in a layer

To show or hide shapes in a layer:

  • Click on the layer's View icon
Toggle visibility of shapes in a layer by clicking on the view icon
Toggle visibility of shapes in a layer by clicking on the view icon