On the Layers tab, one can create layers, define their visibility for print and Buyer Side, move frames between layers, define the order of layers and control the locking and/or frame visibility of layers.
The Layer tab is a versatile tool when used for creating templates. It is synchronized with the page one is currently editing and will show all layers in the document, but only the frames which are on the current page.
Layers are the same across one document. They always contain at least one, non-deletable layer, known as the Base Layer. This layer is the layer Buyers will eventually add their frames onto while editing. This opens up the option to create various layers both above and below the Buyer’s design.
If a frame has a name, the Frame Name will be displayed here. This helps anyone who would like to maintain a good overview of the content of all the pages.
Layers are also very useful to control the visibility of items for the Buyer Side as well as for differentiating between print and edit time of the document. See the section on Layer Visibility below.
The Layers tab visualizes groups with a bracket:
One can select frames directly in the Layers tab and change its settings by clicking on the frame.
This also works in groups, so no need to ungroup frames to change a setting.
Right-clicking on the row with the layer name or clicking the triangle within it will open up the Layer Context menu. Here one can:
Layers, including all their frames on all pages, can be reordered by drag-dropping the row with the layer name on top of or below other layers. Please note that this will also reorder all frames in the z-order.
To lock a layer or frame and protect it from changes, one can click the Lock icon to toggle locking.
A Layer can have the property of being always visible, visible only at print time, only at Buyer time or visible based on a form field value. By default, the content of a layer is always visible.
To control the general visibility of a layer, or a frame in a layer, one can use the Eye symbol to temporarily or permanently disable a layer or frame.
If one would like to show a layer only when a Buyer configures the document (e.g. to show areas that need to be free of content) use the Printer icon in the row with the layer name to switch off the visibility for print. (See layer named NONPRINTING above.)
If one would like to show a layer only at print time (e.g. to add a die-cut line that should not be visible during edit time) one can use the Shopping Basket icon in the row with the layer name to switch off the visibility during edit time.
If one would like to show a layer based on the value of a form field, one can do so in the Context menu (s.a.). Once Form Field is switched on in the Context menu, a form field switching visibility will be auto-generated in the Form section of the document.
As with every other form field you can change the label, appearance and type of editing. Click here for more details on form fields.