Organizing objects with layers

Overview

Objects can be organized in a document by applying distinctive on-screen appearances to various layers which enable you to easily distinguish between them. For example, you can set one layer to display in a single color, while another layer has reduced transparency.  Additionally, layers can have their visibility enabled or disabled at the click of a button. 

For more information on layers please review the following resources:

For more information on layers please review the following resources:

Overview of layers (Product Documentation)

Introduction to layers (Video - 7:09)

 

 

Example of organizing objects with layers

In this example, objects are organized by the type of data sources used: Embedded data, Database data, and VB script data.  This is a simple example, as it is common for objects to use multiple data source types.

  1. Open a new BarTender document and add three layers named "Embedded", "Database", and "VB Script".  You may add a comment as well.
  2. Add a single line text object to each layer and set the data source type in the object to match the layer
  3. Suppose this is a document you haven't worked with in a while, and you're looking for a VB script you need to edit.  You can quickly find your VB script objects by disabling the visibility of the other two layers.
  4. You could take it one step further, and add an on-screen appearance to the VB script layer.  Open the layer properties and change the on-screen color to red.
  5. Now the VB script object stands out even when the other labels are visible
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