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Layers are the building blocks for creating designs in Vectornator. Any Path, Shape, or Group is stored within a Layer.

The Layers Tab is the fourth tab from the left in the Inspector. From this tab you can access, create and organize all your Layers <key>A<key> and Artboards <key>B<key>.

Inside the Layers Tab, you can also manage the Artboards within your document ➞

Opening the Layer Tab

To access the Layers within your document, tap on the Layers icon inside the Inspector.

Pro Tip – If you're using Vectornator on iPad with an external keyboard, you can use the <key> \ <key> key to easily open or close the Inspector.

Creating a new Layer

Inside the header section of the Layers Tab, tap the first icon from the right to create a new Layer. The new Layer will be inserted directly above the currently selected Layer.

⚠️ In Vectornator, you can create as many Layers as you need.

Renaming a Layer

By default, Layers will be given sequentially numbered titles. To change this, just tap on a layer’s name to rename it.

When you import any image, Vectornator also recognizes any image Layers in the file, thanks to Apple’s machine learning framework CoreML. It also auto-renames the Layer to what it thinks the content depicts.

Locking Layer

Tap the Lock/Unlock icon to lock or unlock a Layer on the current Artboard. If a Layer is locked, it can't be moved or edited.

Hide / Show Layer

Tap the Hide/Show icon to toggle the visibility of your selected Layer’s elements on the canvas.

Selecting Layer

Tap a layer to select it, or swipe from left to right for multi-selection. To select a sublayer, tap on the main Layer to open it, and then tap on a single element to select it.

Swipe right along a layer's name in the Layers Tab to select more than one layer at once. An <key>x<key> (1) will appear while after you've swiped it, indicating that it is selected.

Multiple Layer Selection

Swipe from left to right to select a Layer, then repeat this action on any additional Layer you want to select. Swipe again on the selected Layer to deselect it.

⚠️ This action can be applied to the sublayers as well.

Layer Opacity

Tap a Layer to select it. Slide your finger along the Opacity slider to change the opacity of the elements within that Layer instantly.

Export, Duplicate, Delete

On iPad, tap the Edit Button at the top of the Layer Tab to have access to Layer Options such as Delete, Duplicate, Export, Hide, and Lock.

Access to the Layers Options by swiping left

Swipe left along any layer's name in the Layers Tab to quickly access three options: Export (1), Duplicate (2), and Delete (3).

Layers on the Mac App – If you're using Vectornator from your Mac, you can access to the Editing Options by right-clicking on a layer or clicking the Edit button. Learn more by going to our Mac Online Manual.

Export single layer

You can export a single Layer with one tap without leaving your canvas or having to copy-paste your objects into a new document. You can export your single layer as .jpg, .png, .svg, and .pdf.

Duplicating layer

Tap the icon to duplicate this Layer immediately above the original one. This is a great option to consider for new changes without affecting the original Layer.

Deleting layer

Delete any Layer by tapping on the bin button, or simply swipe left on the Layer.

But be careful, because this cannot be undone!

Moving Layers

Tap and hold the layer or sub-layer you want to move. Hold your finger on the layer and drag it up or down to change the order.

Learn more: How to access the Guides Layer ➞
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Last Updated on Jan 06, 2022
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