Layer Menu

The Layer menu lets you manipulate layers, create new layers, change the resolution, and reset the transformation and pivot.

Command Description

New

Vector Layer

Adds a vector or bitmap layer to a selected panel. You can add an unlimited number of layers to a panel.

Bitmap Layer

Group Layer

Opens the Vectorize Options dialog box when importing bitmap images.

Copy Layers

Lets you copy drawing and reuse them in other panels in your storyboard. You can also modify drawing objects and transformations after they have been copied to a new layer, rather than redrawing objects that are similar.

When you copy a layer, its original name is retained in the new panel. If a layer with the same name already exists, then you will be prompted to give it a new name or overwrite the existing layer.

Paste Layers

Once you have copied a layer, you can place an instance of it on a selected panel. Copied layers are placed on the clipboard which allows you to paste as many instances of it as needed.

Duplicate Layers

Lets you perform a quick copy and paste in one operation. Unlike copying a layer, you cannot paste multiple copies of a layer on other panels.

Duplicating layers is only available within one panel. Duplicated layers retain their names and are appended with a number.

Rename Layers

Lets you rename a layer.

Delete Layers

Lets you delete a layer.

Change Layer Opacity

Lets you adjust the opacity of a layer.

NOTE: Layer transparency is not supported on Export to Toon Boom and/or FBX.

Change Bitmap Layer Resolution

Lets you change the resolution of bitmap layers to better suit the needs of your project.

Merge Selected Layers

Lets you combine layers quickly and simply. If all the layers are vector layers, the new layer is vector. If all the selected layers are bitmap, the resulting layer is bitmap.

If there is a mix of vector and bitmap, the resulting layer is bitmap. The newly merged layer is editable.

Merge Layers

Lets you combine layers using the Merge Layers dialog box, which gives you more control when merging layers. You can name the new layer, specify whether it is a vector or bitmap layer, select source layers, and more.

Group Selected Layers

Lets you group or ungroup selected layers.

Ungroup Selected Layers

Convert to Vector Layer

Lets you switch from one type of layer to another. For example, if you started with a vector layer, you can switch it to a bitmap or drawing layer.

NOTE: When you convert from vector to bitmap, the vector data is lost, so if you convert back to vector, what you get is a vector region with a bitmap inside of it

 

Convert to Bitmap Layer

Convert to Drawing

Share Drawing

Opens the Vectorize Options dialog box when importing bitmap images.

Unlink from Shared Drawing

Opens the Vectorize Options dialog box when importing bitmap images.

Blur Bitmap Layer

If the layer you want to blur is on a vector layer, you must first convert it to a bitmap layer—see .

Arrange

Bring Layer to Front

Moves the selected layer in front of all other layers in the current panel.

Bring Layer Forward

Moves the selected layer up one level in the current panel.

Send Layer Backward

Move the selected layer down one level in the current panel.

Send Layer Back

Moves the selected behind all other layers in the current panel.

Select Next Layer

Lets you select the next layer.

Select Previous Layer

Lets you select the previous layer.

Lock/Unlock Layers

Lets you lock the currently selected layer to protect any objects on it from being changed. Once locked, you can unlock the layer to make changes to any objects on it.

Show/Hide Layers

Lets you show or hide layers which is useful when working with many layers.

Toggle Background Layers

Lets you set certain layers as background elements, so they will not interfere with onion skinning. Sometimes it is helpful not to have onion skinning applied to certain layers while working.

Align Layer to Camera

Opens the Vectorize Options dialog box when importing bitmap images.

Copy End Layer Position to Start

Uses the position of the last frame from the current layer and pastes it over the position of the first frame.

Copy Start Layer Position to Start

Uses the position of the first frame from the current layer and paste it over the last frame.

Spread Layer Motion

You can spread the current layer motion across all panels in the same shot or a specified number of adjacent panels after the current panel in the same shot.

A new layer will be added and the drawing will be duplicated for those panels that do not have the same name in the defined range.

Reset Transform

Places the layer back to its default state.

Reset Selected 3D Sub-Objects

Opens the Vectorize Options dialog box when importing bitmap images.

Pivot

Reset Pivot

Places the pivot back at its default position at the centre of the camera frame.

Center Pivot on Selection

Places the pivot at the centre of a selection.

Set Layer Layout as Default

Once you set up a layer layout in a panel, you can select that panel and save this layout as the default layout to use whenever a new panel is added.