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Move, Lock, Duplicate and Delete layers. A touch or swipe puts all the most commonly-used layer controls at your fingertips.
On the Layers panel, tap any layer to make it your Primary (active) layer.
Your Primary layer will appear in the Layer's panel as bright blue. You can only have one Primary layer at a time.
Any drawing or painting you do affects this Primary layer.
Make sure you have the correct layer selected before you begin drawing or painting.
Swipe right on any layer to add it to your selection as a Secondary layer.
Your Secondary layers will appear in the Layer's panel as dark blue. While you can only have one Primary layer at a time, you can select as many Secondary layers as you like.
Drawing and painting will only appear on the Primary layer.
It's important to note, you can't make Adjustments with multiple layers selected.
Cut and Copy actions only apply to your Primary layer.
As soon as you’ve selected a Secondary layer, two new options appear on the top right of the Layers panel: Delete and Group. These options affect all currently selected layers.
Procreate enables you to select entire layers (detailed above), or select all the pixels on a layer via the Layer Options Menu .
You can also select parts of a layer's contents using Selection Tools.
Explore these different approaches in greater detail in Selections .
Layer Select uses touch to display all the layers associated within a specific area of the canvas. This extremely useful shortcut saves you needing to constantly access the Layers panel.
To turn on Layer Select, navigate to Actions > Prefs > Gesture Controls > Layer Select. Here you can set up touch and Pencil shortcuts to integrate Layer Select into your workflow.
To find out more about Layer Select and other layer gesture controls, check out Layer Gestures in the Gestures section of Interface and Gestures in this handbook.
When you select multiple layers, you will see the Group option appear on the top right of the Layers panel.
Tap it to gather your selected layers into a Group.
Use the arrow at the right of the Group to expand or collapse the group at any time.
Like layers, you can select a Group as a Primary or Secondary selection.
Swipe right to select a Secondary Group. This will behave the same as if you’d selected every layer in that Group.
Tap to select a Primary Group. This allows you to use all Selection and Transform actions. Actions apply to all the layers in a Group at once except for paint, smudge, erase, or using Adjustments.
If you Paint, Smudge or Erase with a group selected in the Layers Panel, Layer Select will appear. Select a layer contained within that group to continue working.
Tap-and-hold a layer or Layer Group to pick it up. Now you can drag it up or down in the layer order. Release it to set the new order.
If you have selected Secondary layers (see below), moving the Primary layer will move all Secondary layers with it.
Tap-and-hold to pick up a layer, then tap other layers to pick them up as well. Tap the Gallery button with another finger.
Dropping layers in the Gallery creates a new canvas for each layer you’re holding.
The canvas dimensions will be the same as the dimensions of your origin canvas.
While holding your layers in the Gallery, tap your destination canvas with another finger. Once the canvas loads, open the Layers panel, and drop your layers into the panel.
Layers imported by this method transfer as images, and will not keep Blend Modes, Masks, or other layer-specific data.
You can also Share layers using this method.
Swipe right-to-left on any layer or Layer Group to reveal buttons for these three commonly-used options.
This function prevents accidental editing a layer you want to remain untouched.
When you lock a layer, a small padlock symbol appears next to the layer name. To unlock a layer for editing, swipe right-to-left and tap Unlock.
When you Duplicate a layer or Layer Group, all Masks, Blend Modes and artwork will reproduce from the original.
Duplicating a layer is a great way to experiment with major changes without affecting the original.
Procreate documents have a maximum number of layers that varies depending on your document size. If you reach the maximum, Merge layers to make room for new duplicates.
Deleting a layer removes that layer from your artwork.
You can Undo this action. But, once you have run out of undos, or if you leave or background the app, you won't be able to restore the layer or Group.
You should generally think of deletion as permanent. Use with caution.
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