Layers are one of the most important features in InDesign for organizing items in your page layout. In this video, Mike shows the key aspects of working with layers and the most important features of the Layers panel, including how to create layers, select items, change the stacking order, show and hide items, and lock and unlock items.
- [Instructor] Layers are one of the most important features in InDesign for organizing items in your page layout. So let's go over the key aspects of working with layers. Everything you need to do with layers is done in the layers panel. So if you don't have it open, choose it from the window menu. In the exercise file for this movie, there are just two layers. One called nav, for the footer and navigation buttons, and another called content, for everything else. First, I'll click on the triangle to the left of the layer name, or the content layer to tip it open and see what items are on it.
And I can see each individual page item on the content layer for this spread. If I go to the next spread, I can see all the items on the content layer for that spread. But notice if I tip open the nav layer I don't see any items in it, but clearly there are some things on this layer. The reason I don't see them when I'm viewing page two is that all the items are master page items. For me to see them in the layers panel, I'll have to go to the master page, which I can do from the pages panel. I'll just double click on the A-master, go back to layers, and now I see all those items on the nav layer.
Let's jump back to page one and check out some other features of layers. If I select an item on the layout, like this text frame, top 10 caramel recipes, I can see which item that is in the layers panel by the presence of this colored square on the right-hand side. And notice the names of the items in the panel, each text frame has a snippet of text from the frame, like top 10 caramel recipes, pulling taffy, et cetera. And images have the name of the image file, and we also have some generic objects like line, rectangle, and compound path.
I can change the name just by doing a slow double click. So click, pause, and click again. And I can change this to the title. We can control the visibility of any of these items by clicking on the eye button on the left side of the panel. So I can show and hide that title and I can lock or unlock it by clicking in the column next to the eyeball. So now I can't select this title anymore until I unlock it. I can also lock and unlock everything on the layer and show and hide everything on the layer with the buttons next to the layer name.
So I can hide everything, show it again, lock everything, and unlock it. I can select objects by clicking the selection buttons on the right side of the panel. So I can select this text frame pulling taffy by clicking over here. Clicking the top selection button selects all the object on the layer. To move an item up or down in the stacking order, click and drag it in the panel list. So I can drag the title to the top of this layer. You can also drag items to move them to different layers. So I can take the candy image, which is this background image here, and drag it up into the nav layer.
Now it will appear above everything else on the content layer. And I can also drag it back down to its original position. Double click to the right of the layer name to access its options. And here's where you can do things like change the layer name, pick a different layer color, you can make it non-printing by deselecting print layer, and so on. I'll cancel out of here. And just note that you can get the same options by going to the layers panel menu and choosing layer options. The panel menu is also where you'll find commands for creating a new layer, for duplicating a layer, deleting a layer.
And the last thing I want to point out is this command, paste remembers layers. This is an important feature you can use to determine what happens when you paste items. With this turned off, like it is right now, pasted items will go onto the currently selected layer. So I'll leave it turned off, I'll select the candy image, cut it, then target the nav layer, and choose edit, paste in place. See how the candy image went into the nav layer? I'll undo, pressing command + Z, and change the setting so paste remembers layers is turned on.
Just confirm that it's on there. And now, with the nav layer still targeted in the layers panel, I'll choose edit, paste in place again. And now the candy image remembered that it's on the content layer. Notice it went to the top of this layer. And I can tell that it's not on the nav layer because the nav layer bar here is still visible. I'll just drag the candy image down to the bottom again to put it back where it was. So in this movie, we looked at how to control the organization and display of content with layers, a fundamental skill in InDesign and an important thing to understand for the ACA exam.
- Understanding the benefits of ACA certification
- Creating a personalized study plan
- Identifying your audience
- Starting a design project in InDesign
- Using design elements such as typography, graphics, and color
- Working with layers
- Creating multipage layouts
- Adding text, images, and interactive elements
- Exporting, packaging, and saving files
- Registering for the exam
- Taking the test