Context menu of Layer

Double-tap on the layer's name cell, to open the layer menu.

Layer menu

Actions in layer menu:

  • Properties: Edit layer name and opacity
  • New Layer: Create new layer above the context layer
  • New Group: Create new group, and make the context layer as child
  • Delete Layer: Delete the context layer, but not the last one
  • Duplicate: Duplicate the context layer
  • Merge Down: Merge the content into one layer of the context layer and the one bellow
  • Merge Visible: Merge the content into one layer of all the visible layers
  • Tag: Set a colour tag for the context layer
  • Merge Group: Merge all layers of a group into one layer
  • Staticize: Make all cells inherit
  • Unstaticize: Make all cells NOT inherit
  • Clipping Mask: Set this layer as clipping mask

Some menu entries are invisible when unavailable.

Layer properties

Layer properties
  • Set layer name
  • Set layer opacity
  • Set layer blend mode

Move layer among layers

Long press on layer header, hold and drag up or down to the target position.

Move layer up and zip into new group


  • Zip into new group: When drag one layer on another layer, a new group will created, containing these two layers

Toggle layer visibility

  • Click the top eye to toggle all layers' visibility

  • Click the eye of layer toggle that layer's visibility

  • When a group is invisible, layers in that group are hidden

  • Long press on layer's eye to show that layer only, hide others (Long press again to revert. )

Adjust layer name cell width

Drag on the top cell's handle.

Layer name cell width drag handle

Blend modes

Layer blend modes

You can use blend mode on the group layer too.

A blending mode is an effect you can add to a layer to change how the colors blend with colors on lower layers. You can change the look of your illustration simply by changing the blending modes.

Check out the Apple's coreFimage filter (opens in a new tab) or Clip studio (opens in a new tab) documentation to see what each mode does.

Clipping Mask

Clipping mask tutorial

Control the visibility of a layer based on the content of another.

Clipping mask

When you turn on a Clipping Mask, it clips your active layer to the layer underneath it.

You can use clipping mask on the group layer too.

You can check photoshop's documentation (opens in a new tab) to learn more about clipping mask.


The clipping mask, opacity and blend mode of layer will lose after merging layers.

Last updated on September 12, 2023