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The Book of Inkscape by Dmitry Kirsanov

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4.6 Layers

Basically, layers in Inkscape are just what the name suggests: “levels” or “floors” within a document, stacked on top of each other and containing other objects. Every layer has a name; layers can be easily hidden, locked, or rearranged.

Every object belongs to one and only one layer. To find out which layer the object belongs to, just select that object and look at the status bar: It will say something like Rectangle in layer Layer 1 (here, Layer 1 is the name of the layer). You may easily select objects from different layers, in which case the status bar will say, 2 objects in 2 layers.

One of the layers in the document is always current. Any new objects you create, paste, or import are always added to the current layer. To make layer ...

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