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Layers

Layers Tab

In the Layers tab you can create new 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.

General Concepts

The Layer tab is a versatile tool when used for creating Templates. It is synchronized with the page you are currently editing and while it shows all layers in the document, it only shows frames from the current page.

Layers are the same across a 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.

The Frame Name will also be displayed here. This helps to maintain a clear overview of the content across all pages.

Layers are 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:

Layers Tab

One can select frames directly in the Layers tab and change their settings by clicking on the frame.

This also works in groups, so there is no need to ungroup frames to change a setting.

Layers Tab

Layer Context Menu

Layers Tab

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:

Sort Layers

Layers Tab

Layers, including their associated frames on all pages, can be reordered by drag-dropping the row on top of or below other layers. Please note that this will also reorder all frames in the z-order.

Visibility & Locking

Visibility Controls

Locking

Lock
To lock a layer or frame and protect it from changes, just click the Lock icon.

Visibility

A layer can have the property of being always visible, visible only at print time or Buyer Side, or visible based on a form field value. By default, the content of a layer is always visible.

Visibility
To control the general visibility of a layer, or a frame within a layer, one can use the Eye symbol to temporarily or permanently disable a layer or frame.

Visibility
If you 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.

Visibility
If you would like to show a layer only at print time (e.g., to add a die-cut line that should not be visible during editing) use the Shopping Basket icon in the row with the layer name to switch off the visibility during edit time.

If you would like to show a layer based on the value of a form field, this is done in the Context menu. Once Form Field is switched on in the Context menu, a form field that switches visibility will be auto-generated in the Form section of the document.

Visibility

As with every other form field you can change the label, appearance, and type of editing. Click here for more details on form fields.