Inkscape: Work with Layers
An Inkscape image can consist of many layers. Every image has at least one layer and by default, Inkscape names it Layer 1. Think of layers as a stack of transparent sheets. You can see through each layer to the layers under it until you add opaque color.
You can add layers, delete layers, and change the position of layers. Each layer is independent of all other layers. The layer you are currently working on is called the current layer. You can use the Layer menu or the Layers dialog box to work with layers.
You might be asking, why use layers? Layers enable you to divide your document into manageable groups. Any layer can be visible or not visible. You cannot see the objects that are on a layer that is not visible. Any layer can be locked or unlocked. You cannot make changes to a locked layer.
Open the Layers Dialog Box
- Click Layer > Layers or press Shift + Ctrl + L. The Layers dialog box opens.
Create a Layer
The Add Layer option enables you to add a new layer.
- Click Layer > Add Layer. The Add Layer dialog box opens.
- Type the name you want to give the layer in the Name field.
- Click the down-arrow next to the Position field and select where you want to place the new layer.
- Click Add. Inkscape creates and names a new layer.
Lock/Unlock a Layer
The Lock/Unlock layer option toggles between locking and unlocking a layer.
- Click Layer > Lock/Unlock Current Layer. Inkscape locks the layer if it is unlocked; unlocks the layer if it is locked.
Rename a Layer
The Rename layer option enables you to change the name of a layer.
- In the Layers dialog box, click the layer you want to rename.
- Click Layer > Rename Layer. The Rename Layer dialog box opens.
- Type a new name.
- Click Rename. Inkscape renames the layer.
The Layers Dialog Box
When working with layers, you can also use the icons found in the Layers dialog box.