How to Change Object Layers in SketchUp

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The SketchUp program's layer tools can help you organize and experiment with your drawings. Changing an object's layer in SketchUp involves using the layer tools with the cut-and-paste clipboard functions. Improve your designs by understanding how to change an object's layer -- for example, as you work on a design for a bicycle, you can keep the bike frame on one layer, then cut the bike seat to another layer. Doing this allows you to make the seat invisible so you reveal a different seat on another layer.

  • Click the toolbar's "Rectangle" tool, then click in the drawing window to anchor one corner of this shape.

  • Drag to grow the rectangle to any size, then click the mouse to complete the rectangle. The rectangle now sits on "Layer0," SketchUp's default layer. Now create another layer, onto which you'll move the rectangle.

  • Click the "Window" menu, then the "Layers" command, which shows a window for managing your scene's layers. The "Layers" window appears with only one item in the list of layers, "Layer0."

  • Click the "+" button of the "Layers" window. SketchUp adds a new layer to the list of layers.

  • Press "Enter" to accept the default name, "Layer1," of the new layer.

  • Triple-click the rectangle to select all its edges at once, then press "Control" and "X" simultaneously to cut the rectangle to the clipboard.

  • Click the option button to the left of the "Layer1" item in the "Layers" window to make "Layer1" the active layer.

  • Click anywhere in the drawing window, then press "Control" and "V" simultaneously to paste the rectangle. You've now moved the rectangle from its original layer, "Layer0," to the new layer, "Layer1." The next two steps verify this fact.

  • Click the option button to the left of the "Layer0" item in the "Layers" window to make "Layer0" the active layer again.

  • Click the check box of the "Layer1" item to make that layer's objects -- including your rectangle -- invisible. The rectangle vanishes, confirming that you've successfully moved it from "Layer0" to "Layer1."

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