Source fonts may contain multiple independent layers.

Layers can be used for many purposes:

  • to separate different stages of a project
  • to facilitate collaboration with other designers
  • to store multiple sources of a typeface
  • to store different layers of a color font
  • anything else you can think of!

The name of the current layer appears in the Layers menu at the top right of the Glyph Editor.

Use the shortkeys Cmd ↓ and Cmd ↑ to go to the previous / next layer.

Layers popup

The Layers pop-up window offers a quick way to copy between layers of the same glyph. It can be opened by pressing L while in the Glyph Editor.

option action
Copy Copy the contents of the current layer to one or more layers.
Move Copy the contents of the current layer to one or more layers, and clear the contents of the current layer.
Flip Switch the contents of the current layer with the contents of another layer, and vice-versa.
Copy Metrics Copy glyph width when copying between layers.

Adding layers

Layers are added with the Add Layer sheet, which can be opened by choosing Create New Layer from the Layers menu, or by clicking on the + button in the Layers Inspector.

action description
Layer Name Provide a name for the layer (required).
Layer names must be unique.
Layer Color Choose a color for the layer. This color is used to display the layer when it is in the background.
Add or Enter Create the new layer and switch to it.

Removing layers

Layers can be deleted using the Layers Inspector: select a layer and click on the - button.

Layers inspector

Layer properties can be edited in the Layers section of the Inspector.

Last edited on 01/09/2021