Grouping layers

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Use layer grouping to organize layers.

For example, if drawing a car, you may want to group the layers with tires and hubcaps together, create another group for layers containing the body, headlights, windshield, etc., and a final one for interior components.


Grouping layers in Sketchbook Pro for desktop

Group Layers in the Sketchbook Pro Layer menu

There are an assortment of tools for grouping, all found in the first section of the Layer Menu.

Here is an example of how groups of layers look in the Layer Editor:

Grouping layers in the Layer Editor in Sketchbook

  1. Layer Menu
  2. Layer Blending
  3. Show/Hide Layer
  4. Color Label
  5. Collapse/Expand Layer Group


Creating a layer group

There are three different ways to create a layer group, in the Layer Editor:

  1. Click Layer menu icon in Sketchbook Layer Menu and select New Group.

Layer menu icon in the Sketchbook Layer Editor

  1. Click Add Group icon.

Group Layers in Sketchbook

  1. Shift-select the layers you want grouped and click Layer menu icon in Sketchbook and select Group Layers.

New Group Group Layers in the Sketchbook Layer menu

To ungroup layers, select the group folder, click Layer menu icon in Sketchbook and select Ungroup.


Adding a layer to a group

To add a layer to a group, click the layer’s Move layer icon and drag it either onto the Group folder or over a layer within the group.

Adding a layer to a group in Sketchbook


Showing/hiding a layer group

To hide the content in a layer group, tap Hiding a layer group icon. Tap Showing a layer group icon to display the content.

If you want to see some of the group content, you can hide individual layers within the group.


Colored layer or layer group assignments

Colored layer or layer group assignments in Sketchbook

Assign a color to a layer to makes it easier to distinguish one layer or group from another.

To assign a color, in the Layer Editor, with a layer or group selected, tap-hold Layer Color icon in Sketchbook, then flick a color.

To unassign a color, select un-assign a color icon.


Collapsing/Expanding a group

To collapse a group and hide its layers in the Layer Editor, tap Group Expand icon in Sketchbook. When a group is collapsed, its icon changes to . Tap it to expand the group and see its layers.

Collapsing/Expanding a group in Sketchbook


Layer blending for groups

When a layer group is selected, the Blend Mode changes to Pass Through. Any blend mode applied to a layer will affect all layers below it, including ones not in the group. If the group is set to Normal, any blend mode applied to a layer within the group affects only layers in that group.

Group with Pass Through applied and Layer with Multiply applied

Group with Pass Through applied
Layer with Multiply applied


Group with Normal applied and Layer with Multiply applied

Group with Normal applied
Layer with Multiply applied



Grouping layers in Sketchbook for mobile devices

WARNING: Sketchbook doesn’t have layer grouping on mobile.