What are layers?

To access all layers tap the layers icon located bottom-right of the stage. You’ll notice a number in the layers icon, this is to quickly let you know you will be drawing on that current selected layer.

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Layer's features:

  1. Adding layers
  2. Selecting, Stacking, and Rearranging layers
  3. Renaming a layer
  4. Lock, Duplicate, and Deleting layers
  5. Hiding or Unhiding layers
  6. Opacity of layers
  7. Merging layers
  8. Video layer

What are layers and how do they work in FlipaClip?

Layers are the different levels of your drawings, animations, and objects. The use of layers is great for separating parts of your animation. They are useful for moving different parts of your animation without moving everything. They are great for organizing the pieces that make up your animation. Each layer contains its own pieces that can be worked on separately.

Layers are used in every frame. Even if you have no content drawn on a frame for that layer, the layer is still there. As of right now, there is no way to delete a layer off of a single frame. When you delete a layer, it will delete it off of every frame in your project. Please note you can not undo a deleted layer.

1- Adding Layers

Step 1 - From the stage, press the layer icon to open up the panel.
Step 2 - Press the “+” button at the bottom of the panel to add a new layer

Helpful Tips

  • Each new layer created is placed above whichever layer you have selected
  • FlipaClip projects have a maximum number of layers that varies if you are a premium user or not.
  • If you reach the maximum, merge layers to make room for more.
  • You can add up to 3 layers for free. For premium users, up to 10 layers. Depending on your device, the more layers you add may cause you to notice performance issues.

2- Selecting and Rearranging layers

These are useful for choosing which layer to work on and the way it’s visible in the project.

Selecting a layer

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Tap on the layer you want to draw on.

Helpful Tips

  • You will know the layer is selected when a red bar is on the left on it
  • To switch between layers, tap on the layer in the panel and check to make sure it is selected.

Rearranging Layers

The order you have your layers organized in the panel is important for the layout of your animation. Layers at the top of others mean they will appear on the project on top of the contents of the layers below it.

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Find the layer you want to move.
Step 3 - Tap and hold down that layer.
Step 4 - Drag the layer up or down to its new location.

Common Questions:

  • Can I select multiple layers? At the moment, you can not select multiple layers, but it is something we will add in the future.
  • Can I share a layer? As of right now, you can not share a layer but you can share a frame from the “Frames Viewer” panel.

3- Renaming a Layer

Layers added to your project are automatically given sequential names such as Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3, and so on. Renaming these are useful for the organization of your different layers. Renaming the layers will make it easier to know which one holds each piece of the animation.

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage to open the panel.
Step 2 - Press the text on the layer you want to rename.
Step 3 - A pop-up screen will appear allowing you to give your layer a custom name.

4- Lock, Duplicate, and Deleting layers

Swipe right-to-left on any layer to reveal buttons for these three options.

Locking or Unlocking a layer

This will prevent you from accidentally editing this layer if you have it selected.

To lock a layer:

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Swipe right-to-left on the layer.
Step 3 - Press the lock symbol. When you do so, your layer will then show this lock icon on the left of it.

To unlock a layer:

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Swipe right-to-left on the layer.
Step 3 - Press the lock icon on the right side of the layer to unlock it.

Common Questions:

Why can’t I draw on the stage? If you have all your layers locked in the panel, then you will not be able to draw on any of them. Make sure the layer you are trying to draw on is unlocked.

Duplicating a layer

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Swipe right-to-left on the layer.
Step 3 - Press the duplicate icon beside the delete icon.

Deleting a layer

This option removes the layer from your project permanently removing any content of every frame. This action can not be undone.

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Swipe right-to-left on the layer.
Step 3 - Press the trashcan icon.
Step 4 - Press “remove” on the confirmation pop up.

5- Hiding or Unhiding layers

Hiding layers is a good way to work on just one layer without confusion. This way you won’t get confused with which piece of content belongs to each layer. It is also useful for working on the lower layers of the animation.

To hide a layer:

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Press on the text which displays “100%” to hide the layer.

To unhide a layer:

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Press on the crossed-out “eye” icon to the right of the layer to unhide it.

6- Opacity of Layers

Opacity determines if the layer is visibly more solid or transparent.

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Select the layer you want to adjust the opacity to.
Step 3 - On the right of the layer tap the percentage number.
Step 4 - While holding down, slide up and down to change the opacity of the layer.

It is important to note that, the higher the percentage, the more solid the layer is. The lower the percentage, the more transparent the layer is.

7- Merging layers

Merging is great for cleaning up layers that you're no longer planning on working with by making them just one.

Step 1 - Press the layer icon on the stage, to open the panel.
Step 2 - Tap and hold down the layer you want to merge.
Step 3 - While holding, drag the layer onto the other you want to merge it with.
Step 4 - A pop-up screen will appear asking if you want to merge. Click “merge”.

Helpful Tips:

  • Merging layers is a feature only available for premium users.
  • Merging occurs across all frames.
  • After you merge you are unable to undo this action.

8- Video Layer

Please remember that, when adding a video into your project, FlipaClip makes a new layer for this. When you import the video, the layer panel creates a new layer named “video”. If you do not have enough layers available left, the video will not import.

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