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Using Layers

Layers are an organizational feature that allows you to group objects into categories which can then be hidden or locked as needed.

For example, all plants could be placed into a single layer, which could then be hidden to make it easier to adjust other areas of the design.

Layers can also help you create and present multiple versions of your design ideas. For example, all objects for one proposed landscape layout could be placed in one layer, while an alternate layout could be placed in another. When presenting to your client, you can simply show and hide the appropriate layers.

When using multiple layers, be mindful of which layer is currently selected, because that is the layer that new objects will be added to. For example, if you have a layer selected called “Plants”, and you add a new Patio object to your design, then the patio will be added to the Plants layer, which is probably not what you intended.

The layer tools are shown below:

To edit layers, click the Edit Layers button. The following dialog will appear:

landscaping software edit layers dialog

Layer
Displays all of the layers currently in your landscape design. Click on the name of any layer to rename it.

Click the Layer header bar to sort by layer name.

Hide
Hides all objects in the layer.

Click the Hide header bar to sort by visibility.

Lock
Locks all objects in the layer.

Click the Lock header bar to sort by locked state.

Add Layer
Adds a new layer to your design. To rename the new layer, click the layer name and enter the desired name.

Delete Layer
Deletes the currently selected layer.

Show All
Shows all of the layers in your design.

Hide All
Hides all of the layers in your design.

Lock All
Disables selection and modification of objects in all layers.

Unlock All
Click the Unlock All button to enable selection and modification of objects in all layers.

Disable (lock and gray) objects outside the current layer
Enables editing only of those objects which are inside the current layer. All other objects will be locked and shown in gray.

OK
Click to accept your changes.

Cancel
Click to cancel your changes. Important: Any changes will be lost.

To show or hide objects in a layer:

1.   Click the Current Layer listbox and select the desired layer.

2.   Click the Layer Menu button.

3.   Click the Hide objects in this layer option to turn off or on the visibility of the layer.

landscaping objects hide

To lock or unlock objects in a layer:

1.   Click the Current Layer listbox and select the desired layer.

2.   Click the Layer Menu button.

3.   Click the Lock objects in this layer option to cause all of the objects within the layer to become selectable or unselectable.

landscaping objects lock

To select the objects in a layer:

1.   Click the Current Layer listbox and select the desired layer.

2.   Click the Layer Menu button.

3.   Click the Select objects in this layer option.

landscaping objects select

To move objects to the current layer:

1.   Click the object you wish to move to the current layer. To select more than one object, hold the Shift key while clicking on additional objects.

2.   Click the Layer Menu button.

3.   Click Move selected objects to this layer. Note: If the selected objects are already in the current layer, then this option will be disabled.

To move objects to a layer other than the current one:

1.   Click the object you wish to move to another layer. To select more than one object, hold the Shift key while clicking on additional objects.

2.   Click Edit, Move to Layer, and click the name of the layer you would like to move the objects to.

To determine which layer an object is in:

1.   Select the object by clicking it.

2.   Click Edit and Move to Layer. The object's current layer will have a checkmark next to it.

3.   Press Esc or click anywhere else to cancel the menu.

Tips:

      When adding objects using the Paste or Paste in Place commands, the objects will automatically be added to the layer(s) they originated from. The layers will be created automatically if they do not already exist.

      Objects can also be hidden or locked by type instead of by layer. For details, see Showing and Hiding Objects.

      New objects cannot be added to a layer that is locked or hidden.

      Objects that reside in hidden layers do not appear in the Realtime Walkthrough.

      Objects that reside in hidden or locked layers cannot be selected, edited, or deleted.

See also:

Showing and Hiding Objects
Selecting Objects
Editing Objects
Undoing and Redoing Changes