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Control layer opacity, blending modes, and more with layers in Autodesk SketchBook.
  • Layers in SketchBook

    Layers are a big part of SketchBook. They help you organize the content that make your image. They are used a...
  • How to access layers

    Access layers through the Layer Editor. It also houses the Layer menu, containing various layer tools. No matter which version of SketchBook you’re using, when...
  • Layer Editor

    The Layer Editor contains all your layers and layer tools. When using the subscription version, you can add, delete, rearrange, group, and even hide layers. There are blending modes, opacity...
  • How to add layers

    Whenever you want to create new content and have it live separately from everything else, you will need to create...
  • Layer Menu

    The Layer Menu contains an assortment of layer tools. The tools available in this menu are determined by the version...
  • How to show/hide layers

    There are times when you will want to show/hide layers, such as for less visual distraction when working on a...
  • How to reorder layers

    Are you having a tough time finding different layers because you have so many layers? Well, SketchBook has two options...
  • How to change layer opacity

    Want to create either a striking or subtle effect? Change layer opacity. How about creating a reflection? Duplicate the layer, flip the image,...
  • How to lock transparency

    What does Lock Transparency do and why use it? Lock Transparency creates a mask that locks out the transparent portion of the layer. This...
  • How to create an alpha channel

    The Background layer is at the bottom of the Layer Editor. When hidden (tap  to hide it), this creates an alpha channel. It’s handy when...
  • How to lock layers

    When you lock layers, it ensures that nothing is accidentally altered. Locking a layer can also be used to indicate...
  • How to merge layers

    When finished with the layer content on a couple layers, you can merge layers, using one of the merge tools to...
  • How to duplicate layers

    For things on a layer you’d like more of, use Duplicate to duplicate layers, creating a copy of the content and add it to...
  • How to clear layers

    Want to remove all content from a layer? Use Clear to clear layers and get rid of the content. Clearing a layer...
  • How to rename layers

    Whenever you create a layer or duplicates, SketchBook creates a default name for the layer. If you typically use just...
  • How to delete layers

    If you were working with a reference image and are finished with it, use Delete to remove the layer containing it. When...
  • How to copy layers

    Want to copy layers and then paste the content elsewhere and reposition it? If so, read below, as copy and pasting...
  • How to group layers

    Use layer grouping to organize layers. For example, if drawing a car, you may want to group the layers with...
  • How to blend layers

    Check out this video on how to blend layers to see what you can do. Please keep in mind, where...
  • How to use the Background layer

    The Background layer is at the bottom of the Layer Editor. When hidden (tap  to hide it), this creates an alpha channel. The Background layer can also...
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