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Blender 3D Basics by Gordon Fisher

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Making modeling easier with Blender's layers function

A short while ago, you used the Move to Layer menu to hide the reference blocks, so you could render the boat. Blender's layers are a powerful tool and something that deserves a bit more study. Perhaps you may have used layers in Photoshop or Autocad. Blender's layers work differently:

  • In Blender, layers are similar to cubbyholes that you can put objects in, and hide them or show them.
  • Something on the top layer won't necessarily render on top of something on another layer. You cannot link them together, or move a layer as you can in Photoshop.
  • An object in a layer that is displayed can be moved, modified, or rendered. An object in a layer that is not displayed, may not.

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