Concepts comes equipped with a fully adjustable set of layers to help you design as flexibly as you need. Enjoy five layers if you’re a free user or infinite layers as a Pro. Some of our architects have over a hundred layers in a drawing as they create iterations for clients, and many of our illustrators are a close match.
Layering comes in two modes - Automatic and Manual. Switching between them is as easy as a tap on the appropriate “Automatic” or “Manual” button at the top of the Layers menu.
- Automatic layering is the default and sorts your layers by tool type. Any time you switch to a different tool, it will draw on its namesake layer. (Note that fountain pen and pen share a layer, as do soft and hard pencils.) This is great for sketchnotes, presentations, and any time you want retain control over your strokes but not think about them - it’s built in.
- Manual layering allows you to draw with any tool on any layer, with as many layers as you’d like for each tool. Infinite layers allow for infinite sorting, stacking, and control of your textures, lines, colors, shapes and subject matter. As you use them, you’ll appreciate just how much control you have to adjust and make changes.
These modes will generally take care of themselves as you draw, depending on which / how many layer types you have, or you can switch between them with a tap. If you’ve broken the Automatic layering rules by having more than one layer for a tool or by having more than one tool-type in a layer, it will always remain in Manual.
- Tap + New Layer to create a new layer. It will always appear directly above your current layer. You can also select strokes from the canvas and drag them to this button, where they will create a new layer just for themselves.
- Tapping an active layer brings up the layer’s popup menu. From here you can select everything on the layer, lock the layer, duplicate it, delete, merge it down into the layer beneath it, and rename it. You can also adjust the full layer’s opacity level by dragging your finger along the slider.