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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.


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.

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 .

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

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 .

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 .

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 .

Tap the Visibility Checkbox to hide or show a layer.

Tap the check in the Visibility Checkbox to switch off and hide the visibility of the contents of that layer. Tap the Visibility Checkbox again to switch on the check mark and show the layer contents.

Solo visibility

Press and hold the Visibility Checkbox on a layer to view the contents of a single layer in isolation. The message ‘Solo visibility on’ will be displayed in the top bar.

Press and hold the Visibility Checkbox again on the active layer to show the visibility of every layer. The message ‘Solo visibility off’ will be displayed in the top bar.

Pro Tip

Solo visibility is perfect for previewing the contents of a single active layer. Just remember to switch solo visibility off when you return to working on the other layers of your artwork.

Heads Up

Any layers that were hidden when solo visibility is switched on, will remain hidden when solo visibility is switched off.

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.


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 .

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