Group and Layer Order

In a purely 2D project, the order in which layers and groups appear in the Layers tab and Timeline (the layer order) determines which layers appear in front of others in the Canvas. Before you use any of the tools described in this chapter, you should first arrange the layers and groups in your project so that they appear in the proper order. For information about layer order, see Reorganizing in the Layers Tab.

Arrangement Commands in the Object Menu

In addition to rearranging object order in the Layers tab, you can also move objects in front of or behind other objects using commands in the Object menu. This is useful when you want to quickly move an object to the front while you’re working in the Canvas. Rather than open the Layers tab, you can simply use one of the commands in the Object menu.

The arrangement commands can be used with either objects, groups, or groups that are nested within another group. Reordering a group reorders all objects that are nested within that group.

Note: You cannot use the reorder commands to move objects out of the group they’re nested within.

There are four arrangement commands in the Object menu:

  • Bring to Front: Places the selected object in front of all other objects within the same group by moving it to the top of the nested group in the Layers tab and Canvas.
    Figure. Canvas window showing an object being brought to the front.
  • Send to Back: Places the selected object behind all other objects within the same group by moving it to the bottom of the nested group in the Layers tab and Canvas.
    Figure. Canvas window showing an object being sent to the back.
  • Bring Forward: Moves the selected object up one level in the hierarchy of objects nested within the same group in the Layers tab and Canvas, moving it closer to the front in the Canvas.
  • Send Backward: Moves the selected object down one level in the hierarchy of objects nested within that group in the Layers tab and Canvas, moving it closer to the back in the Canvas.

Reordering Nonconsecutive Selections

When you apply Bring Forward or Send Backward arrangement command on nonconsecutive selected layers, the layers move up or down the object hierarchy together, and any space between the layers remains.

Figure. Layers tab showing layers changing order using the Bring Forward command.

When you apply Bring to Front or Send to Back arrangement command on nonconsecutive selected layers, the layers move up or down the object hierarchy together, and any space between the layers is removed.