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Deleting, Locking and Grouping Layers3:12 with Christopher Downer
In this video, we'll learn how to delete, lock and group layers in Sketch.
You can get more information on these and other shortcuts at the Bohemian Coding Features Page
Select a layer by clicking on the name of the layer in the List, or by clicking on the layer in the Canvas
- Delete a layer by pressing backspace, or clicking Delete in the menu.
- Hide a layer by clicking the eye icon.
- Lock a layer by right-clicking and selecting “Lock Layer” from the menu.
- Group layers by selecting the layers you'd like to group and clicking "Group" in the menu.
So I have my duplicated layer as well as my original and the oval we drew before. 0:00 If I don't want the oval there just now, I can delete the layer by pressing 0:05 Backspace or pressing Delete in the menu I get from right-clicking it. 0:10 What if I want to use this later on? 0:15 So my best option here would be to hide the layer. 0:17 A way to do this is to hover over the right-hand side of the cell 0:20 in the Layer list, and click the eye icon that appears. 0:25 Now it's hidden on the canvas, but 0:31 still visible on the Layer list in case we need to make it visible again. 0:33 Any layers that are hidden will have dimmed text, with this icon next to them. 0:38 Layers can also be locked. 0:44 A locked layer remains visible in the canvas but 0:47 can only be selected via the Layer list. 0:50 You would lock a layer that you wouldn't want to select when working with 0:54 lots of other layers. 0:57 For example, something that may sit in the background. 0:58 To lock a layer, right-click and select Lock Layer from the menu. 1:02 You may remember, when going through the toolbar icons, the Group and 1:10 Un-group options. 1:14 This relates to organizing your layers. 1:16 Let me select these two rectangles here. 1:19 I can do this by clicking on a blank spot on the canvas and 1:22 drawing a box around the layers I want to select. 1:25 [BLANK_AUDIO] 1:28 Because one of my layers is locked, 1:33 I cannot select it on the canvas using this method. 1:35 So we'll have to hold down the Cmd key and click on its name in the list. 1:39 Now these are selected, I'll click Group. 1:45 You can see a folder has now appeared containing these two layers. 1:50 If I move the selected folder around the canvas, 1:55 anything inside will move with it, too. 1:58 Groups are really important, as they help you organize your document. 2:03 It's not uncommon to see groups inside of other groups, 2:07 depending on how the content is laid out. 2:10 Say you are designing a website. 2:14 You may want its header to be in a group and 2:16 then icons in that header maybe in another group. 2:18 Grouping items helps you find your way around the documents 2:22 if the layer list is organized neatly. 2:25 With your layers inside a group, it can still easily select them 2:29 by double-clicking, or by holding down Cmd and clicking on the individual layer. 2:32 [BLANK_AUDIO] 2:37 If you have a moving laser around your canvas already, 2:40 you may have noticed noticed some red lines appear towards the edges or 2:43 middle of the layer when you bring it close to another one. 2:46 [BLANK_AUDIO] 2:49 These are called Smart Guides and they help you measure and align your layers. 2:53 Sketch will show you what layer your object will snap to as well as how far 2:58 apart your layer is to another one by pressing the Option key and 3:03 hovering over the layer with your cursor. 3:06 [BLANK_AUDIO] 3:09
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