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Layers

InDesign’s layers are transparent planes on which you place page items. You’ve probably heard that layers are a way to organize your publication (that’s what all the marketing materials say, after all). But there’s far more to InDesign’s layers than just organization—layers give you control over what parts of your publication display and print, and whether they can be edited or not.

Layers Basics

InDesign’s layers have a few characteristics you should understand before you start using them. First, layers affect an entire document—not individual pages or page spreads. Next, layers created in one document do not affect layers in another document. As far as we can tell, there’s no technical limit to the number of layers you can have in a publication; it’s possible to make hundreds or more of them if you have enough memory. But just because you can do that doesn’t mean that you should. Too many layers can make a publication difficult to manage.


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