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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 combine them.

There are two merge tools:

  • Merge with below takes the selected layer and combines it with the layer below.
  • Merge all layers combines all your layers. Use these to free up layers for creating other content.

People using the free version will find this feature extremely useful, since they are limited to 3 layers. Use either of the merge tools to combine two or more layers. If you have reached your layer limit, merging is the way to free up a layer or two.

Merging layers in SketchBook for Desktop

Merge with below

Merge with below icon in the SketchBook radial marking menuCombine two layers into one.

Tap the upper layer and flick toward Merge with below icon in SketchBook to merge it with the one below or press Cmd+E for Mac or Ctrl+E for Windows.

Merge all layers

Merge All icon in the SketchBook radial marking menuCombine all layers to create a project with one layer.

Flick toward Merge all layers icon in SketchBook to merge them, even hidden (which become visible) or locked ones.

Unhide all layers to be merged. Hidden layers will be lost.

Merging layers in SketchBook for Mobile

1. In the Layer Editor, tap a layer to select it.

Ensure the layer to be merged is above the one it will be merged with. If it isn’t, reposition it. See How to reorder layers.

2. Double-tap a layer to access the Layer menu.

Merging layers in the handheld version of SketchBook for Mobile

3. Tap Merge icon  to merge two layers or Merge All icon  to merge all.
4. Then, tap OK.

Merged layers in SketchBook for Mobile

Merging layers in SketchBook for Windows 10

There are three merging options to choose from:

  • Merge With Below – Combine two layers together. Tap the upper layer and select Merge With Below to merge it with the one below.

In the Layer Editor radial menu, you can also flick toward Merge below icon in SketchBook.

  • Merge All Layers – Combine all layers, including hidden and locked, to create a project with one layer. If you don’t want hidden content included, use Merge Visible Layers.

In the Layer Editor radial marking menu, you can also flick toward Merge all layers icon in SketchBook.

  • Merge Visible Layers – Combine only the visible layers, while not effecting the hidden ones. If locked layers are visible, the will be merged.

Once the content of a layer is finalized, use either Merge Visible Layers or Merge All Layers to combine more than two layers.

Merge example

Merging using the Layer Menu

  1. In the Layer Editor, ensure that the layer to be merged must be above the one it will be merged with. If it isn’t, reposition it. See How to reorder layers.
  2. Tap Layer menu icon and select on of the Merge tools.

Merging using the layer marking menu

  1. In the Layer Editor, ensure that the layer to be merged must be above the one it will be merged with. If it isn’t, reposition it. See How to reorder layers.
  2. Tap the layer to be merged and tap-hold radial menu.
  3. Swipe and select either Merge with layer below to merge two layers or Merge all to merge all.
Updated on May 2, 2018

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