How to Work on Different Layers in AutoCAD

Your drawing in Autocad can be divided into different layers. This ensures that you work on and create an organized drawing by making different objects on separate cad layers. Doing this has many advantages and is also helpful if you wish to work on your drawing later on as the drawing will be easy to read and edit.


Step # 1 – Add a new layer

When you start off working in AutoCAD, all of your drawings are on the default layer. To create a new layer, select the “layer properties” option from the “layers” panel and from there add a new layer.

Create a new layer

Step # 2 – Change the color of the layer

You can also change the line color of the shapes on the layers in Autocad from here. For right now, change the color, cross this for now and return to your working space. Draw shapes on any of the layers you have created.

Alter the color of the layer

Step # 3 – Set as current layer

From the dropdown menu in the “layers” panel you can shift the layer you are working on. The layer of the object you select becomes the current working one.

Set a layer as current

Step # 4 – Copy object to a new layer

An object from one layer can also be copied and pasted to another. For that, from the extended options in the “layers” panel select the “copy objects to new layer” option.
Now choose the shape you wish to copy, right click to finalize your selection, select the object whose layer you wish to copy this one to, click again on that object to define your pivot and then move the shape wherever you please.

Copy object to a different layer

Step # 5 – Change the layer of an object

To move an object in between layers in Autocad select the “match” option in the “layers” panel. Then choose the object you wish to shift, right click to finalize it and then select the object whose layer you wish to shift it to.

Change the layer of the shape

Step # 6 – Delete or merge a layer

You can even merge and delete these cad layers from the extended options given.
While working with architectural plans, dividing your designs into different layers can help you define the different floor levels in the plan.

Delete or merge layers