All Objects on a Page are layered with each other. You will find the settings for these layers in the Layers Tab on the right side of the Control Screen. The Layers determine which object sits on top of the other objects visually when they are in the same space. In the Layers Tab, you will see two sub-tabs – Layers and Keys. Below we will explain how the layers are processed with the topmost layer going all the way down to the bottom-most layer.
Layer Order (top first):
- Keys – these are Key Objects from the Key Objects Plug-In. They will be the topmost layers and when you have multiple Key Objects, are layered by the top Key Object in the Layers Tab being above the next Key Object in the list and so on. You can never place a Key Object behind a regular layered Object.
- Layer – these are the standard Objects found on a Page (like Images, Videos, and Text Boxes). They are layered in order from top to bottom in that list. An Object in the Layer list can never be placed above a Key Object.
- Background – at the bottom of the Layers list of Objects, you will see a button for Background. This is the bottom-most layer. You can never move an Object below the Background Layer. You will instead need to change the Background Layer to something else if you want to change that. Within the Background Layer, there are actually two layers – media (images/videos) on top and solid color on bottom. Both are accessible from the Background Window. If you do not select a Media File to serve as the Background, then it will use the selected color (the default is black). If you do select a Media File to be the Background, know that the color is still below the Media File in ordering. This actually allows you to adjust the Opacity of a Media File that is the Background to let the lower color layer appear through, allowing you to create a colored filter effect.
Within the Layers Tab, you can rearrange Layers by dragging them up or down in the list. You can also turn a layer visually off (without deleting it) by clicking the Eye icon to the left of the layer. You can also lock a layer by clicking the lock icon on the right of the layer. Finally, selecting a layer will also allow you to quickly adjust the Opacity of the layer using the slider at the top of the Layers Tab. Utilizing these various controls will allow you to be creative with your presentations as well as organized.