Procreate® Handbook
Version 5X
Layers

Interface

Layers offer you freedom to experiment. You can work in front of or behind existing elements of your painting. Plus, move, duplicate, edit and blend the results without altering other layers.

The Layers Panel

The Layers panel offers a clean interface with a variety of powerful options only a touch away.

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Layers Menu Button

The Layers button looks like a pair of overlapping squares. It sits in the top-right menu bar of Procreate's interface.

Tap it to bring up the Layers panel.

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Create Layer

You'll find the Create Layer button in the top right corner, shaped like a + in the Layers panel

Tap it to add a new layer.

Learn more about Creating Layers.

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Layer Thumbnail

The Layer thumbnail offers a small-scale preview of each layer's contents.

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Layer Name

Customizable layer names give you another way to track which content sits on what layer. This helps you keep your artwork organized.

Learn more about Naming Layers.

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Selected Layer

Any changes you make on the canvas will affect your currently selected layer. Procreate makes it easy by highlighting your currently selected layer in blue.

You can select another layer by tapping it.

Learn more about Layer Selections.

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Blend Mode

Blend Modes lets you blend the contents of multiple layers together in various ways. This lets you create and mix a variety of visual effects.

Tap the small letter/s on the right-hand side of a layer to bring up Blend Mode options.

Learn more about Blend Modes.

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Visibility Checkbox

Tap the Visibility Checkbox to hide or show a layer.

Press and hold the Visibility Checkbox on a layer to view the contents of a single layer in isolation. This will display only the active layer, hiding all others. Press and hold again to show every layer.

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Background Color

Each Procreate document comes with an inbuilt Background Color layer.

Tap this to select a new background color for your artwork, or hide it by tapping its Visibility Checkbox.

Pro Tip

Hide the Background Color to create an artwork with a transparent background. This is perfect for exporting art as a PNG.

Layer Options Menu

The Layer Options menu offers you a broad range of ways to interact with layers at a touch.

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Once you have the Layers panel open, select a layer by tapping on it. Tap it again to access the Layer Options menu. ​

Learn more about Layer Options.