Reordering layers

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How to organize layers

Physical organization is the rearranging of your layers. It’s dragging them to new positions within the Layer Editor to support the total effect you want, to enable layer blending, or to make it easier to find content. This is different than visual organization‍.

There are two ways to organize layers. One is layer grouping, which is available in Sketchbook Pro on desktop, and the Premium Bundle on mobile. For information, see Grouping layers‍. The other is the physical rearranging of layers.

How to rearrange layers

Modify an image quickly by reordering your layers. Drag layers above or below one another within the Layer Editor.

  • To make a layer appear in front of another, move it above
  • To make a layer appear behind another, move it below


In the this example, the nameplate layer is below the box layer, so it isn't visible. Dragging the nameplate layer above the box layer will fix this.

Reordering layers in Sketchbook Pro for desktop

  1. In the Layer Editor, tap a layer to select it.
  2. In the top right corner of the layer, tap-hold Layer Editor organization as you drag the layer to a different location within the Layer Editor

    Note: you will not see a preview of the layer moving - the active layer line (blue) will move to indicate where the layer will appear when you release the hold

Reordering layers in Sketchbook for mobile devices

  1. In the Layer Editor‍, tap a layer to select it.
  2. Tap-hold and drag the layer above or below a layer into position.