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Chapter 16. Measuring and Dimensioning w... > Controlling Shapes with Layers

Controlling Shapes with Layers

Layers are essential in multiple-page drawings or diagrams that contain many shapes. Layers help you organize related shapes on a drawing page so that you can work with and view shapes according to their layer assignment. For example, you can create a detailed drawing that includes electrical outlets, computer networking details, furniture layouts, and more, and then use layers to display selected information. When you want to rearrange the furniture, you can hide electrical outlets and computer networking details. When you’re most interested in your drawing’s electrical outlets, you can hide everything else. Not only does this help you see the big picture electrically, but it keeps you from rearranging other objects accidentally, such as furniture, when you’re positioning those outlets. You can hide, lock, print, count, snap, or glue shapes based on their layer assignment.

About Layers

Layers might not be what you think they are based on your experience with other layout or design programs. Visio layers are not stacking order. Layers don’t control which shapes appear in front and in back. Layers don’t really work like stacks of transparencies. They’re more of a concept for grouping or cataloging shapes. Technically, a layer is a named category to which you can assign shapes. For example, you can create a Furniture layer in a floor plan. The layer doesn’t do or mean anything unless you assign a shape to it. Let’s say you assign all the desks and chairs to your Furniture layer, but not the walls and cubicle panels. Now the layer becomes useful. For example, you can hide all the shapes on the Furniture layer to make it easier to work with just the walls.


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