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How to lock layers

When you lock layers, it ensures that nothing is accidentally altered. Locking a layer can also be used to indicate completion. When changes need to be made to a locked layer, unlock it and rework things. When finished, you can lock it again. When saving as a TIFF or PSD, your locked layers will be saved.

Layer locks

Layer locking in Autodesk SketchBook for desktopIn each layer, there is a lock. Tapping it will lock and unlock SOMETHING; however, pay special attention to the body of the lock to know what you’ve locked or unlocked.

Layer in Autodesk SketchBook for mobile showing an unlocked layer

  • If the body of the lock is checked Layer transparency locked in Autodesk SketchBook for desktop, it is locking layer transparency.
  • If the body of the lock is a solid color Layer locked in Autodesk SketchBook for desktop, it is locking the layer.
  • If the body of the lock is half solid and half checked Layer and layer transparency locked in Autodesk SketchBook for desktop, it is locking both the layer and its transparency.

Pay attention to any warning that appear. They will explain what is locked and needs to be unlocked to do certain actions.

Locking layers in SketchBook for Desktop

How to lock layers in SketchBook for Desktop

  1. To lock a layer, in the Layer Editor, select a layer.
  2. Tap .

Unlocking layers

  1. Once a layer is locked, to unlock it, in the Layer Editor, select the layer.
  2. Tap .

Locking layers in SketchBook for Mobile

For users with SketchBook version 3.7.4 or below, there is no Lock Layer feature. This feature was introduced in version 4.0.

For tablet and handheld device users with SketchBook version 4.0 or above, to lock a layer, tap a selected layer or double-tap an unselected layer to open the Layer Menu. Tap Lock Layer. Do the same to unlock it.

Lock Layer option in the Layer Menu of the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook

Locking layers in SketchBook for Windows 10

Radial menu in SketchBook for Windows 10To lock a layer, in the Layer Editor, select the layer.

In the select a layer, tap-hold radial menu, then swipe and select Lock layer.

Updated on May 2, 2018

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