Creating layered svg files using Inkscape

Layered svg files can be used in SCAL 2.0 to take advantage of the layer and ungroup features in that program, or to hide working parts of a file that you want to save for future use but don’t want to cut (this can be used in either of the SCAL programs).  You can create your design elements all on one layer and then move them to different layers, or create each element right on its own layer.  It is really just personal preference, but if you are going to have more than a couple of layers you will probably want to create your design right on the new layers.  I will start on one layer and move the elements to new layers.

  1. Create your design elements.
  2. From the menu select Layer/Layers (or control shift L) to bring up the layers dialog box.
    inkscape layers 1
  3. Click on the + button at the top of the layer dialog box.  A new dialog box will appear.
    inkscape layers 2
  4. Type a name for the layer in the Add Layer box.  You can also choose if you want the layer above or below your current layer.  Click “Add”.
  5. Select the object or objects that  you want to move to the new layer.  From the menu select Layer/Move selection to layer above/below (shift page up or shift page down).  You can also select the objects you want to move and use copy or cut (Control C, Control X) then select the new layer and use paste (Control V).
    inkscape layers 3
  6. If you don’t want the layer to cut, close the eye next to the layer name.  You can do this either in the Layer dialog box or next to the layer name at the bottom of the Inkscape window.
  7. You can also “lock” the layer so that no changes can be made until it is unlocked.  Do this  by clicking on the lock next to the layer name in either location.
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4 Responses to Creating layered svg files using Inkscape

  1. Brooke says:

    I’m new to all this. Do you know of a tutorial for creating my own layered cut files from scratch?
    Thanks

  2. Slim says:

    Thanks, for posting this info!

    Best I found on Google, for working with Inkscape Layers! 🙂

  3. Carolyn says:

    Hi, Do you mind if I link to this post from my site? I won’t use your wording or images, just mention if anyone wants to learn layers to visit your site and I will add a hyperlink to your post.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Thank you, for clear instructions, this is one thing I had to learn in Inkscape. I will follow your instructions and master layers.
    Carolyn

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