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Layer

What is a layer?

Layers are templates that can be reused within a project on any pages you specify. These are particularly useful, if you want to create elements, such as a navigation that feature on many pages in your project. Any change you make to a layer will appear to all pages within the project that contain that layer.

Creating and renaming layers

To create a new layer in your project, click on the "+ New layer" button in My Layers in the Page View. The new layer will be automatically shown on the page and you can start editing it straight away. To rename the layer, double click on it in My Layers and enter the desired name in the text field that appears.

Alternatively, you can create a new layer in the Prototype View by clicking on the "+ New" button. This will then take you to a blank page where you can drag and drop stencils into your layer.

Organizing layers

All layers available in a project are listed in My Layers in the Page View. You can order them by dragging them to the desired position in My Layers with your mouse. The top layer in the list will be displayed on top of all others, and so on.

Note that the page entry above My Layers is not a layer, but represents the page you are working on. Elements contained directly on the page will be displayed on top of all layers. You can switch between layers and the page by selecting the corresponding entry in the list.

Hiding and unhiding of layers on a page

To hide a layer from a page, open that page in the Page View and deselect (deactivate) the checkbox of the desired layer in My Layers. Doing so will make the layer invisible on that page. To unhide a layer on a page, open that page in the Page View and select (activate) the checkbox of the desired layer. Doing so will make the layer visible on that page. An unhidden layer is marked by a check in the checkbox of the layer in My Layers, a hidden layer appears without a check in its checkbox.

Whenever you create a new layer in the Page View, the layer will be automatically shown (unhidden) and selected on the opened page so that you can immediately start editing it.

Editing layers

To edit a layer (i.e. to place stencils on it or rearrange them) go to the Page View by opening any page in your project, select the desired layer in My Layers (The selected layer appears in light green.), and make sure that the layer is activated (i.e. the checkbox of the layer is selected). Now you can edit it. Just drag and drop stencils into the editing panel in the middle of the screen. Any time you link up a stencil on a layer, remember the target of the stencil will be the same wherever you use that layer.

Please note: The checkbox is for hiding/unhiding layers on a page, and you can only edit unhidden (i.e. active) layers. You can only select one layer at a time. Caution: Changes you make on a layer affect every page to which you have applied this layer (i.e. every page on which it is displayed/visible).

Deleting layers

To delete a layer, click on the "Delete" button trash next to its name in My Layers in the Page View. If you press it by accident you can restore the layer by clicking the "Undo" button undo .

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