Do I need to use layers in Adobe InDesign
howdy partners in this video. We're going to look at layers. And in design where we split our contents. We've got text on the top. Okay. And we've got our images underneath and we can lock one of the layers so that when we try and drag on it, we can't move it around. It doesn't get in our way. But know that when you're working with layers and in design you're one of the few. Okay. When I'm working with in design, 99% of my jobs do not use layers. Okay. It can be useful if there's things you need to kind of separate out and lock. Okay. Most of the time though, they're not that complicated documents and often you just ignore the layers panel. Okay. But we've got a good use to use layers in this case. Okay? It is this background. I want it stuck in the background where I don't move. It doesn't get in the way. You might have a watermark in the background, it might be a map that you're drawing over and you just don't want to move. Okay, You can put it on its own layer and lock it. Let's go ...
and do that now. Okay. So the first thing we need to do is find our layers. There are no window. Okay. And there's an option here that says layers. Just next to pages here. You're given layer one by default. We're gonna rename emails by double clicking the word layer one. I'm gonna call mine main copy. Okay? We'll leave the color just fine. Well actually leave all the defaults and click Ok, great, so we've done nothing really except renamed al layer, let's make a new layer. Okay, you have this little turned up page here. Okay, create new layer, give this and this is going to be called my background and what I'd like to do is the background, so I want to move this gradient and this image onto that layer, so I stop selecting it and makes it less annoying Okay? And I can turn it on and off if I need to to do that. Okay, what we can do you see over here there's my main copy, this is what everything's on at the moment. If I take this little arrow here, you see on this particular page, all of these things here, so there's a logo, I can contain the eyeball on and off. See Okay, and there is that graphic, there is the text and there's that gradient. Okay, so what I can do is I want those gradient. Okay him. So I'm gonna click hold and drag him to the background layer. Now if you drag a bit hi, can you see get that little um Ghostbusters go away. Um caution. Can't go in symbol you want just a bit below. Okay and then it'll go into the right layer by 12 down background there he is. Okay. And the other thing I want was you'll notice as well that if I twirl both of these up now, Okay that the background is on top of the main copy. Okay so I can't see anything past this gradient. So what I'm gonna do is click hold and drag gradient. See the little line that appears underneath the main copy. Cool. Let's have a look and main copy as well and just see I want you my friend which is who is you? Your tabletop dot jpeg. I want to grab this and drag it on top of background, okay? Or just below it and it goes inside. Okay? Now what we can do is I can double check there on the right layer between the eyeball on and off for that whole layer areas there. Okay, They all disappear because they're white. This stuff on top. What I want to do is I want to lock this and this kind of like empty box here. You're meant to just know that that's the locking icon. Okay, so just click in the box next to the word and now what happens is can you see I can't move it with it off, I can move them around and they get my way. Okay? But what I want to do is click on this locket and it just means these can stay in the background. It might be a watermark, it might be some sort of map you're drawing over the top of you can lock on its own layer but know that a lot of people don't use layers and in design but we're pros, there's gonna be times where you need it. I'll show you one of the times that I use it quite a bit is during my notes, here's some of the notes that I write for another course of mine. This is um an aftereffect. Of course I do. If you're into motion graphics, go check out that course, there'll be a link on the screen here. But what you'll see here in my layers panel, I have a tutor's notes and a student's notes. And what I do is can you see if I turn the tutors on and off? Can you see it kind of adds a bit of a level of text across the top, It adjusts here. And what I do is I add teacher notes to this layer, to say things like that would be a good time for the teacher to explain this concept or something. Okay, because I build classes for lots of other teachers and they have to go through. So I have a bit where I can turn that off and make pdf and that goes out to the students for the class. And then I have a teacher version that I turn on and I just write notes in here for the teacher only. So they print I make a second pdf, okay for them with their notes on it all using the same in design file, but I can make two separate in design files real quickly or sorry, two separate PDFs very quickly by just turning that off export pdf. Turn it back on export pdf for the tutor. The other reason I show you here is that even if you don't use it, there are people that are and there'll be templates that you will download that do and if you don't know how layers work, they can be very confusing because you think you're selecting them and they're all in different layers. Okay, that can be a little bit of a pain. One of the big pains is sometimes people will have them non printing. So what they'll do is they'll go into, let's say our document here, let's go to our layers and let's say that I'm going to double click the word main copy and people can do this say print layer. You can turn that off if I hit print now. Okay. Nothing. None of this text is going to actually print. I've spent like days trying to work out why my end design file exported to pdf without a whole layer of stuff. And it's because somebody turned that off. Okay, so that's just a little heads up in case you get stuck with that exact same problem layers can be turned on to not print, let's kick Okay, and move on to the next video