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How to reorder layers

Are you having a tough time finding different layers because you have so many layers? Well, SketchBook has two options for you. One is physical organization, which we’ll talk about here. The other is visual organization.

How to organize layers

Physical organization is the rearranging of your layers. It’s dragging them to new positions within the Layer Editor to group them together to make it easier to find content.

There are two ways to organize layers. One is layer grouping, which is currently only available in SketchBook for Desktop. For information, see How to group layers. The other is the physical rearranging of layers.

How to rearrange layers

Rearrange layers to change the order of elements in your image. For example, a text layer is at the bottom of the editor, followed by the main image layer, and the background image. You can’t see the text or the penguin. Dragging the background image below these layers corrects this.

Modify an image quickly by reordering your layers. Drag layers above or below one another within the Layer Editor.

  • To make a layer appear in front of another, move it above another.
  • To make a layer appear behind another, move it below another.

Reordering layers in SketchBook for Desktop

  1. In the Layer Editor, tap a layer to select it.
  2. In the top right corner of the layer, tap-hold  as you drag the layer to a different location within the Layer Editor.

Autodesk SketchBook text layer hidden behind the background

Autodesk SketchBook text layer now in front of the background (Penguin from Skylight, a short by Dave Baas)

Reordering layers in SketchBook for Mobile

  1. In the Layer Editor, tap a layer to select it.
  2. Tap-hold and drag the layer above or below a layer into position.

Rearranging files in Autodesk SketchBook on mobile

Rearranging files in Autodesk SketchBook on mobile

Reordering layers in SketchBook for Windows 10

1. If the Layer Editor isn’t already displayed, tap UI Toggle - reordering and select Layer Editor.

In the image below, the fish appears above the water. We need to fix this. Reorder the layers to place the fish below the water.

You’ll notice that the current layer is highlighted.

Reordering layers original

2. Tap-hold on the layer to select it, then drag it into position.

The fish now looks like it lives in the water.

Reordering layers finished

Updated on May 2, 2018

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