Layer

Toolbar Menu

Layer
Standard

Edit

Layers > Edit Layers

Window

Panels > Layers

The Layer command manages layer properties.

Layers are a way of organizing objects so you can manipulate them all at once or keep track of them in some way. When objects are on a layer, you can turn them all off at once, change their wireframe display color, and select them all with one selection.

Layers panel

Container options

The Layers panel displays the layers in the model.

When a layout view is involved, an extended set of columns displays.

When linked blocks or worksessions are involved, layers from those external files are displayed in a tree format under the block name.

The layer panel gives you tools for managing the layers in your model.

The Layers pop-up menu gives you access to common layer settings: on/off, locked/unlocked, color, and current status.

To display a shortcut window

Note

To open the Layers panel

Layer Properties

Name

Layer name.

See: Naming conventions in Rhino

Current

A check and shading indicates current layer.

On / Off

Controls global visibility of a layer in model, layout, and detail views at the same time unless the layer is specifically turned off by the Model On, Layout On, or Detail On settings.

Lock / Unlock

Controls the selectable state of the objects on a layer.

State of child layers

Color

The default screen display color for objects on this layer.

Material

The material used for rendering.

The circular icon shows the material thumbnail.

RenderAssignMaterialToLayer

Linetype

The linetype assigned to the layer.

Print Color

The color assigned to the layer for printing only.

Print Width

Opens the Select Print Width dialog. Specify a line width assigned to the layer for printing only or specify No Print if you do not want the layer to print.

Define your own line widths (For Windows version only)

In the printwidths.txt file:

To change a setting for multiple layers

  1. Select a layer.

  2. Use Ctrl(CMD)+click or Shift+click to select more layers.

  3. Click the light bulb to turn on/off the selected layers all at once.

    This action works with other layer settings.

Section Style

Sets how to fill clipping sections of objects on the layer.

None

Do not fill clipping sections with a hatch pattern.

Custom

Fills clipping sections with the hatch pattern selected in the Section Style dialog.

New Detail On

Controls the default state of the Detail On setting in new detail views.

Model On / Layout On / Detail On

Controls visibility of a layer in Model, Layout, and Detail views separately when the global visibility setting is turned on.

Layout / Detail Color

The default screen display color for objects on this layer in a layout or detail.

Layout / Detail Print Color

The color assigned to the layout or detail layer for printing only.

Layout / Detail Print Width

The line width assigned to the layer for printing only. Specify a line width assigned to the layer for printing only or specify No Print if you do not want the layer or detail to print. Change the properties of individual objects with the Properties command.

Layer Toolbar options

New Layer

Click to create a new layer with the color for new layers.

New Layer with random color

Right-click to create a new layer with a random color.

Tab and Insert keys

While editing a layer name, pressing Tab or Insert accepts the name editing and creates a new layer. This makes creating multiple layers more easily.

New Sublayer

Click to create a new layer subordinate to the selected layer with the color for new layers.

New Sublayer with random color

Right-click to create a new layer subordinate to the selected layer with a random color.

Delete

If a layer you want to delete has objects on it, a warning dialog appears.

Change Object Layer

Moves selected objects to the selected layer.

Copy Objects to Layer

Copies selected objects to the selected layer.

Steps

  1. Select an object.
  2. Select the target layer.
  3. Left-click or right-click the button.

See: ChangeLayer.

Move Up

Move the selected layers up in the list.

Move Down

Move the selected layers down in the list.

Move Up One Parent

Moves the selected layer up one level in the layer tree structure.

Filters

When a model has a large number of layers, the list of layers may be difficult to manage. Layer filters let you adjust the visibility of the layers in the panel.

Layer Filter Options

All Layers
On Layers
Off Layers
Locked Layers
Unlocked Layers
Layers with Objects
Empty Layers
Selected Layers
Filtered Layers

Opens the Show Filtered Layers dialog box to set a custom filter.

Show Filtered Layers options

Match:

Type a string of characters to match the layer name to. You can include wildcard characters:

* = match zero or more characters
? = exactly one character
# = exactly one numeric (0-9) character
& = exactly one alpha (a-z, A-Z) character

Set the layer attributes to match (on, off, or locked, and whether or not there are objects on the layer).

And are:

On

Off

Locked

Unlocked

And have:

Objects

No objects

Columns

Shows the column header list to show or hide layer settings.

Right-clicking a column header shows the same list.

Tools
Layer State Manager

Opens the Layer States panel.

Select All

Select all layers currently displayed in the list.

Select Object Layer

Selects the layers of the currently selected objects.

Invert Selection

Inverts the selection state. All selected layers are unselected and all unselected layers are selected.

Select Objects

Select objects for on the currently selected layer.

Select Sublayer Objects

Selects object on the currently selected layer and its sub-layers.

Change Object Layer

Change selected objects to selected layer.

See: ChangeLayer.

Copy Objects to Layer

Copy selected objects to selected layer.

All Layers On

Turn on all hidden layers.

Expand All

Show all child layers.

Collapse All

Hide all child layers.

Columns

Select which columns to display in the Layer panel.

Column Sort

Allows layers to be sorted by columns. Clear the check to prevent layers from being sorted by accident.

Search

Enter text to only list the layers with the text in their names.

Layer list options

To sort the list

To hide or show columns

To change a column width

To edit a layer's properties

To select layers

Layer context menu options

To open the layer context menu

Worksession Reference (Worksession layers only)

For more information, see Worksession.

Set Active Model

The selected model is open for editing.

The current model closes and becomes an attached model. You are prompted to save changes in the currently active model.

Detach Model

Removes the external file from the worksession list.

Update Model

Refreshes the selected attached files.

Attach Model

Attaches an external file to the worksession list.

Restore Default

Resets the column being right-clicked to the default setting.

Random Color (Model view Color column only)

Assigns random colors to selected layers.

Layer Off in Selected Details Only (Layout On column only)
> This Layout

Turns the layer off in the selected detail view, and on in all other detail views in the current layout.

> All Layouts

Turns the layer off in the selected detail view, and on in all other detail views in all layouts.

Layer On in Selected Details Only (Layout On column only)
> This Layout

Turns the layer on in the selected detail view, and off in all other detail views in the current layout.

> All Layouts

Turns the layer on in the selected detail view, and off in all other detail views in all layouts.

Layer Off in this Detail Only (Detail On column only)
> This Layout

Turns the layer off in the active detail view, and on in all other detail views in the current layout.

> All Layouts

Turns the layer off in the active detail view, and on in all other detail views in all layouts.

Layer On in this Detail Only (Detail On column only)
> This Layout

Turns the layer on in the active detail view, and off in all other detail views in the current layout.

> All Layouts

Turns the layer on in the active detail view, and off in all other detail views in all layouts.

Select Objects

Selects objects on the selected layers.

Select Sublayer Objects

Selects objects on the sub-layers of the selected layer.

Change Object Layer

Selects objects in the model to change to selected layer.

Copy Objects to Layer

Selects objects to copy to selected layer.

New Layer

Creates a new layer.

New Sublayer

Creates a new sublayer.

Duplicate Layer

Copies the layer with its attributes.

Duplicate Layer and Objects

Copies the layer with its attributes and all of the objects on the layer.

See: DupLayer.

One Layer On

Sets the selected layer on and turns all others off.

See: OneLayerOn.

Match Properties

Select a layer to match.

See: MatchProperties.

Delete

Deletes the selected layers.

Rename

Edits the name of the selected layer.

Expand Sublayers

Expands the layer tree of the selected parent layer.

Collapse Sublayers

Collapses the layer tree of the selected parent layer.

Layer Keyboard Shortcuts

Standard list control shortcuts

Moves the selection up.

Moves the selection down.

PageUp

Moves the selection a page up.

PageDown

Moves the selection a page down.

Home

Moves the selection to the first item.

End

Moves the selection to the last item.

Ctrl

Adds individual layer to the selection.

Shift

Adds a range of layers to the selection.

Layer-specific shortcuts

The Layer panel must have focus (cursor over the Layer panel) for these shortcuts to work.

F2

Renames the selected layer.

F5

Refresh the layer list.

Insert

Creates a new layer below the selected layer.

+

Expands the selected layer.

Ctrl or 
Shift +
Number pad +

Expands all child layers of the selected layer.

-

Collapses the selected layer.

Ctrl or Shift + 
Number pad -

Collapses all child layers of the selected layer.

Column options

Displays/hides columns in the layer dialog

Name

Current

On

Lock

Color

Material

Linetype

Print Color

Print Width

When Layout views exist, additional options appear:

Layout On

Layout Color

Layout Print Color

Layout Print Width

When Detail views exist, additional options appear:

Detail On

Detail Color

Detail Print Color

Detail Print Width

Related commands

ChangeLayer

Toolbar Menu

Layer

Edit

Layers >

Change Object Layer

The ChangeLayer command changes the layer of selected objects.

Steps

  1. Select the objects.
  2. Select the layer name from the list.

Layer for Objects options

Available layers

Name

Layer names.

Set layer current

Sets the target layer current.

Select

Select an object in the viewport to specify the layer.

New

Creates a new layer.

ChangeToCurrentLayer

Toolbar Menu Panels

Layer

Edit

Layers >

Change Object to Current Layer

Layer

Right-click layer name >

Change Object Layer

The ChangeToCurrentLayer command changes the layer of selected objects to the current layer.

Steps

CopyToLayer

Toolbar Menu

Layer

Edit

Layers >

Copy Objects to Layer

The CopyToLayer command copies selected objects to a specified layer.

Steps

  1. Select objects.
  2. Select the layer name from the list.

Layer to copy objects

Available layers

Name

Layer names.

Set layer current

Sets the target layer current.

Select

Select an object in the viewport to specify the layer.

New

Creates a new layer.

To access hidden command-line options

Command-line options

NewLayer

Create a new layer.

SelectObject

Select an object to specify the layer.

SetCurrent

Yes/No

HighlightObjectLayers

Toolbar

Menu

Layer

New in V8

Edit

Layers > Highlight Object Layers

The HighlightObjectLayers command selects the layers of selected objects when the Layer panel is visible.

LayerStateManager

Toolbar Menu

Layer

Edit

Layers > Layer State Manager

Window

Panels > Layer States

The LayerStateManager command can:

Steps

  1. Set up your layers.
    The Layer State Manager saves the current layer settings.
  2. In the Layer State Manager panel, click Save, and then type a name for the configuration.

Layer States Panel

Container options

Toolbar buttons

Save

Saves a new layer state.

See: Naming conventions in Rhino

Restore

Reverts to the specified layer state.

Delete

Deletes the selected layer state.

Import

Imports the layer state list from a .3dm file.

Search box

Enter text to only list the layer states with the text in their names.

Right-click context menu

Restore

Reverts to the specified layer state.

Delete

Deletes the selected layer state.

Rename

Edit the name of the selected layer state.

Save

Saves a new layer state.

Update

Overwrites the selected layer state with the current layer setup.

Layer settings to restore

Restores the state of layers in the model space.

Current
On / Off
Locked / Unlocked
Color
Material
Linetype
Print color
Print width
Section Style
New Detail On

Layout or Detail Layer setting to restore

Restores the state of layers in layout or detail.

On / Off
Color
Print color
Print width

OneLayerOn

Toolbar Menu

Layer

Edit

Layers >

One Layer On

The OneLayerOn command turns a specified layer on and all other layers off.

Steps

  1. Make a model viewport active.

  2. Select the layer to turn on from the list.

    Or click the Select button to select an object on the target layer.

OneLayerOff

Toolbar Menu

Layer

Edit

Layers >

One Layer Off

The OneLayerOff command turns off the selected object's layer.

Steps

RenderAssignMaterialToLayer

Toolbar Menu

Not on toolbars.

Not on menus.

The RenderAssignMaterialToLayer command assigns a material to a layer from the command-line.

Steps

  1. Select a material by entering its name or ID.

  2. Select a layer by entering its name or ID.

See also

RenderAssignMaterialToLayersOfObjects

Assigns a material to the selected object's layer from the command-line.

RenderAssignMaterialToObjects

Assigns a material to the selected objects from the command-line.

RenderAssignMaterialToLayersOfObjects

Toolbar Menu

Not on toolbars.

Not on menus.

The RenderAssignMaterialToLayersOfObjects command assigns a material to the selected object's layer from the command-line.

Steps

  1. Select a material by entering its name or ID.

  2. Select one or more objects.

See also

RenderAssignMaterialToLayer

Assigns a material to a layer from the command-line.

RenderAssignMaterialToObjects

Assigns a material to the selected objects from the command-line.

SetLayerToObject

Toolbar Menu

Layer

Edit

Layers >

Set Current Layer to Object

The SetLayerToObject command makes the layer of a selected object the current layer.

Steps

See also

Snapshots

The Snapshots command saves and restores Named Views, Named Positions, Layer States, as well as rendering settings, object settings including locked/hidden state, display mode, material, position, light settings, curve piping, displacement, edge softening, shutlining, and thickening.

Copy and duplicate objects

Use layers

Work with blocks, groups, and worksessions

Scripting layers

McNeel Wiki: Imported and linked block layer names

 

 

 

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