Layers

Click on a menu title above for a detailed explanation of that menu's commands.
A drawing in Intaglio is a composite of one or more layers that may each contain graphics. Layers can be used as a means to draw many graphics together and maintain them as a collection. For example, if you were to draw different parts of a complex image on separate clear plastic sheets you could stack the sheets together to view the entire drawing or remove certain sheets to view part of the whole. Intaglio layers work the same way. You can put parts of a drawing on separate layers and rearrange the layers or choose not to use some of them at a particular time.

The Layers Window



The Layers window lists all layers in the current drawing document. The image above shows four layers that have been named to reflect their contents.

The layer selected in the list (e.g., the "Text" layer) is the active layer where any new graphics will be added to the drawing. To make a different layer active just select it. The names of any layers containing selected graphics (e.g., the "Line Art" layer) will be shown in bold text.

The layers list contains three columns. When clicking in a list item it is important to click in the appropriate column. The first two columns in the list show the visible and locked states of each layer in addition to the layer name. Invisible layers aren't displayed when editing and the graphics in locked layers can't be edited. To change the visible and locked states of a layer, click in the appropriate column of the layer entry. The active layer can't be locked and must be visible. In the image above all layers are visible except "Guides" and all layers are unlocked except "Photos".

Layers are drawn from the bottom of the list to the top. In other words the layer at the bottom of the list will be drawn under all others. One exception is that all guides from any layer are drawn together over any graphics regardless of layer. To rearrange the order in which a layer is drawn, drag that layer's list entry up or down to a new position in the list.

To change a layer's name or other settings double click on that layer's list entry.

Layer Settings



The Layer Settings dialog allows a layer's name to be changed and the visible, locked, and print states to be set. The visible and locked states are the same as those shown in the layers window above. The print state controls whether a specific layer will be printed when the whole drawing is printed. This is independent from the visible state. A layer can be a master slide which is shown with all other layers during a slideshow.

The Layer Menu


  • New Layer
    Create a new empty layer in the current document.

  • Remove Layer
    Delete the active layer from the current document.

  • Select All In Layer
    Select all graphics in the active layer of the current document.

  • Move To Active Layer
    Move all selected graphics to the active layer of the current document.

  • Copy To Active Layer
    Duplicate all selected graphics in the active layer of the current document.

  • Show Layers As Slides
    Use the current slideshow options to determine which layers are visible. Usually this means to display only the active layer plus any layers marked as master slides in Layer Settings.

  • Lock Inactive Layers
    When this option is selected, all inactive layers are automatically locked.

  • Hide Inactive Layers
    When this option is selected, all inactive layers are automatically hidden.

  • Hide Layers Above Active Layers
    When this option is selected, all layers above the active layer are automatically hidden.

  • Edit Layer Settings
    Edit the settings of the active layer of the current document.


  • Show/Hide Layers Inspector
    Show or hide the Layers inspector panel.