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I am starting working on Blender 2.8, but I can't find the layer panel. Where is it?

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    $\begingroup$ There are no more bit layers in 2.8 $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Dec 13 '17 at 11:53
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    $\begingroup$ Well, the missing layer panel is to stay, it is unlikely to re-appear in official 2.8, so I would squint eyes here and wouldn't count the dev version argument.. This question is likely to be applicable to many people when 2.8 becomes reality.. $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny Dec 13 '17 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ You are right, this one does have value in the long run. Retracting vote $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Dec 13 '17 at 13:35
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Blender 2.8 re-implements the scene layer system, as it had limitations. How it now works is explained here: Layers Manual and here: Blender Dev blog.

The scene layers are gone and their functionality was implemented in Collections (=groups) and View Layers.

Instead of sorting objects onto different scene layers, you can sort them into different Collections.

  • Add and Move between Collections with M
  • Link to Collection with Shift+M (so an object can be in multiple Collections)
  • Hide and Unhide Collections with CtrlH

Instead of using scene layers as masking layers in Render layers, now you can use Collections for masking or to effect only indirect rays (shadows and reflections):

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View Layers are what you would call Render layers pre-2.8-Blender. Add them here:

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A View Layer will remember your settings of objects and collections for visibility in view and render, selectability, holdout and indirect-only, etc. You find the settings for View Layers in the Properties panel:

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  • $\begingroup$ Just a reminder to update now... $\endgroup$ – JakeD Dec 11 '19 at 11:51
  • $\begingroup$ @JakeD thx! edited $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny Dec 14 '19 at 10:35
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! This saved me. $\endgroup$ – Dr Tyrell Mar 24 at 5:53
  • $\begingroup$ what about the LOD trick that you could do for unity? : youtube.com/watch?v=ifNyVS2_6f8 how do you do that now? $\endgroup$ – tatsu May 8 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ @tatsu I think having different LODs on different view layers was irrelevant for the export. Just for convenience to view them better so they don't overlap. $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny May 8 at 18:07
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Click the Collection center icon in the scene menu (top right) which hides the current collection. Add a new collection and work there.

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