Questions tagged [layers]

Layers are used to separate objects in a scene. Layers help in keeping scenes organized. This tag is specifically for questions related to using layers in blender.

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How to copy object(s) to another layer

I am building a model for a game and have decided to copy part of it into a separate layer. How do I copy one or more objects to a different layer?
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How to display different layers in each 3D View?

How can I show different layers in separate windows? For example, show layer 1 and 2 in one window, and show layer 3 and 4 in another window? I need this so I can see everything I am doing correctly ...
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Model as multiple unique thin sheets

I am looking for the best way to make a model comprising of many thin layers.. each with their own unique shape and editability...such as this: Would it be best to model the object first then divide ...
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How to easily organise your Blender scene?

When making complex scenes there should be some kind of "folders" (i.e. like in Adobe Photoshop, layer management) in scene outliner, that can group objects together - but this feature seems not ...
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Can someone explain the layer system?

I am really confused with the different uses of the terms "Layers" and "Passes" in Blender. Can someone please explain how they work in Blender. I know about Render Passes like AO, Diffuse and so on, ...
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Is it possible to use more than 20 layers?

Is it possible to use more than 20 Scene layers or Render layers in Blender?
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Deselect all objects (also on hidden layers)

How can I deselect all object on all layers? Key A only works for current layer. I have 20 layers, with different game buildings and before exporting I need to select what to export. If I forgot to ...
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How can I name a layer?

Can I name the layers with customized names, or something like that? If not, is it possible to add different colors to every single box?
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Constrained depth of sculpting

In Sculpt mode, I need to fix Adding/Substracting of the object to a minimum/maximum depth, that I've predetermined. I need the whole mesh to be smooth, as if I used normal brush but with a Layer, ...
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How to add object to a specific layer with Python?

I have the following code which generates an object: ...
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How can I make an object show up on different layers

How can I make an object show up on different layers without having to copy it? E.g. I have an object animated and I want it to show up on multiple layers.
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Cannot duplicate metaballs

I made a little cloud using Metaballs: I would like to duplicate the Metaballs to a different layer to back up this cloud, then convert the main layer's Metaballs into a mesh. When I select the ...
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Remove reflection of one object from another object?

I have a reflective object and I want it to reflect only light and not the surrounding objects. I have moved it to Layer 2, but it still reflects the objects from ...
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Get the list of objects on a layer in python

I would like to get the list of objects on a specific layer with python. When it can be done through iterating bpy.data.objects[].layers with ...
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Where is the Layers panel in Blender 2.8?

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

For some reason the cell fracture addon put all the shards (about 50 of them) to be on all the layers, instead of keeping them on the first layer. I use these layers for other things, so leaving them ...
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How can i move a set of meshes to a new layer?

how do I move a set of meshes to a different layer?
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Moving a layer behind another one to apply a glow effect

I've been creating a spaceship and I am now trying to set up the compositing nodes. For that, I am using pass indexes for materials, so I can change the effects in compositing nodes and i am having 3 ...
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Why are my objects in all layers?

I have the same objects in all 20 layers. If I delete one of them, the objects in all twenty layers are deleted, not the single one. I would like the have my object in the first layer only. Any ...
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How to hide custom shapes' object for bones in armature?

I'm using custom shapes for a character armature. These shapes are objects that are floating around in my 3D space. They aren't really connected to the armature or the character mesh. However, when ...
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How do you switch to a completely different camera in a different Blender layer?

Say I create another scene in a blank layer. How do I switch to that totally different scene during rendering? Thanks guys!
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Why is my Shadow Catcher layer shadow-pass entirely black?

Using the standard layers / compositor setup created with the Setup Tracking Scene button (in Cycles), I've used the second layer 'Background' to build a rough mockup of the street in order to act as ...
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What is the best way to overcome layers limitation in Blender?

I am doing an archviz and would like an idea on how to overcome layers limitation. My workflow Assign layer 1 - 10 for 10 DWGs of floor/elevation plan Assign layer 11 - 20 for the actual 3D model ...
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Active Layer Indicator

I have used Blender regularly for years and don't consider myself a newbie by any means. But I have no idea if there is any way to tell what the active layer is. When creating a new object, linking in ...
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What is the invisible unselectable entity on a supposedly empty layer?

My scene has stuff on three layers. The layer buttons show a dot on a fourth layer, one that to my knowledge contains nothing - no meshes, no cameras, no lights or anything. If I have only that one ...
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How to shift layers 4 layers ahead

I have 10 layers all filled up, and i need content from layer 5-10 to be moved to layers 11-16, as i need more layers in-between. Is there a shortcut or add-on for this or do i need to go through all ...
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Is there a way to make layers for textures?

I want to make hair for my cuboid character, I will be making multiple of these cuboid character and I would like to be able to reuse the hair as it would be a bit of a hassle to have it to redraw it ...
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Driver not always visible in the graph editor?

I have encountered a problem where my driver would not show in the graph editor while viewing Layer 1 and layer 11. I discovered that moving the wheels in question would show the driver in the graph ...
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Is it possible to append objects to the same layer as they are in the source file?

When appending objects to new .blend file, is it possible to make objects to retain their original layers?
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Change between layers using shortcut in blender 2.8

I've recently update blender to 2.8 and now I'm looking for a shortcut to change quicly between layers (or collection views). Something like 2.79 had: Shortcut to switch between layers? I use to make ...
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what is the point of having the same object in multiple layers?

What is the point of having the same object on multiple layers when the change you make on the object affects all layers selected? In other words, on what occasion can I use this feature effectively?
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Get list of selected objects on specific layer

How to find which objects are selected on a given layer? bpy.context.scene.selected_objects shows objects only on visible layer(s). After switching to another ...
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Transparency/Masking : See through an Outer Sphere and see Inner Sphere in true colours

Summary I want to be able to look through an outer sphere - BlueSphere, and see another sphere inside - RedSphere This is the target goal I'm trying to get to: Issues Here is what I have tried, ...
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Problem, when I redraw on a grease pencil layer new strokes doesn't appear above old stroke

I'm trying to remake a grease pencil file and I forgot one little shading detail on the body part. I then went back to add the shading on said layer but it appears under it instead of over it. How can ...
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Portal effect in EEVEE?

So I'm trying to make a portal effect for an animation, and unfortunately the only way i know of for doing this effect is by using layers and the compositor in 2.79, which were replaced with the ...
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Rendering multi-layer EXR leaves small gaps between layers [duplicate]

I know this is kinda a hybrid issue, but I think the problem here lies mostly with Blender. I've rendered a multi-layered EXR file of a character I did in Blender to color and adjust it further in ...
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Stop object from being displayed on multiple layers?

I accidentally clicked something, and now my object is on multiple layers. How can I fix this?
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How to move an object to a different render layer?

I am wondering how to move something to another render layer. I see the render layers next to where it says Global, but how do I switch my objects over to another render layer?
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Compositing: When using Alpha Over node, only one render layer appears!

I'm new to compositing, so I'm unsure how simple this problem may be to solve; apologies in advance. Anyway, here we go. My scene was too large to render, so I separated it into 3 different Render ...
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Rendering Issue - Tracked Video & 3D Object Composite

When I render the scene, only the tracked video appears; the 3D objects do not render. However, the objects appear if I set my active view to rendered (Shift-Z). "Restrict Rendering" is inactive. ...
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Selecting a grease pencil object Blender 2.8

In grease pencil mode I was practicing making eyes. My question isn't about that though. I'm having trouble selecting objects that I make. I have each colored object on it's own layer. All colored ...
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'No Layers in Render Result' issue. Missing layers window in UV Editor

I've installed the newest Blender version (2.76 b) lately and found out that the layers window in UV Editor is missing. I can't choose the slot for render. How to fix it? EDIT: As @NᴏᴠɪᴄᴇIɴDɪsɢᴜɪsᴇ ...
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“No layers in render result” - please help :(

I'm at my wits' end. I did an animation which was quite a lot of work, then rendered it, disliked it repaired the mesh cause it was all out of shape. Next time I tried to render the animation, I got ...
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Missing objects when opening old file in blender 2.8

I just got a updated to blender 2.8 and my objects that were in hidden layers are gone now, the collection layer tells me that they are in the scene but I cant unhide them also the collection is ...
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Frame range for Render layers

how to set frame range for layers. for example layer 1, start frame should be 1 and end frame should be 10. layer 2, start frame should be 20 and end frame should be 35.
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using samples in blender cycles render layer tab

I recently ran into the samples in the blender cycles layer tab (see picture). Somewhere I read I could change the sample rate for a specific layer. This can be useful if one layer doesn't need as ...
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Set active layer for created objects

I noticed when I add objects to my scene they will be created in the layer 3. It isnt like that from the beginning but it suddenly starts to place new objects into the third layer after some time ...
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How do bone (skeleton) layers work?

Bone layers, I can't find any information on how to use them other than how it separates bones. I clicked on a few of the squares, now I can't pose my character anymore as nothing is selectable. Even ...
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Editable objects shown as on every layer - how did that happen? [duplicate]

There are a number of objects in a file I've been working on for a long time that have this setup I don't understand. They show as being on all layers but they are one object. They can be edited, so ...
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Remove plane while keeping shadows intact [duplicate]

I have watched BlenderGuru's camera tracking tutorial and tried to do the same with cycles but i want to remove the base plane which is used for shadows while keep the shadows intact. How can I do it? ...