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Help: Using Layers

When adding text, images and shapes to designs, you can place your objects in several layers. Every new design starts with two layers: background, and layer 1. You will probably choose to place your text in a foreground layer, and your graphics in the background layer.

The topmost layer's tab will be on the far right. Layer order can be changed by dragging the tabs left or right.

Layer tabs, active/inactive

Make a layer active by clicking its tab in the lower left of the design window. You can only select objects in the active layer. This allows you to work in one layer without accidentally selecting objects in another layer.

Background active, layer 1 inactive:

layer tab

Background inactive, layer 1 active:

layer tabs

Layer visibility

You can also toggle the visibility of one layer by clicking the eye symbols. In some situations turning off one layer can make your work easier to see, or can speed up interactivity if one of the layers is very complex.

Background invisible, layer 1 active:

layer tab

You can option-click the eye symbol of the active layer to hide all other layers, allowing you to focus on just the current layer. Option-click the eye symbol again to show all the layers. You can also option-click the eye of any inactive layer to show or hide all inactive layers.

Layer names

Other than the "background" layer, layers will default to being named "layer 1," "layer 2," "layer 3," etc. If you re-order layers, they will change their name to match their new position. If you work with more than a few layers, this can become confusing, so you may want to assign each layer a descriptive name.

Select Rename Layer to edit the name of a layer. Type a name into the edit field which appears, then type the Return key. Once named, the layer will retain its name regardless of re-ordering.

Layer menu

Choose Arrange > Layer or Control-click the current layer tab to access the following layer options:

  • Add Layer
  • Delete Layer
  • Rename Layer
  • Copy Layer
  • Copy All Layers
  • Paste as Single Layer; combine multiple layers into a single layer
  • Paste as Multiple Layers
  • Paste Layers with Replace
  • Layer Effect... See "Using Effects"
    Note: Layer tab indicates when effects are applied to a layer:
    layer tab
    You can show or hide the active layer effect by clicking on the layer icon:
    layer tab

Note: When you apply any pre-designed text layouts text layout to a template or to a design, all objects in the topmost layer are removed and replaced with those from the foreground layer of the predefined text layout. This is another reason that you might want to place your graphics in the background layer.


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