Layers are a very important component of working with AutoCAD. They control the colour, linetype, and lineweight of your objects. They control the visibility of objects and they control what is plotted and what isn’t plotted. Layers organize your drawings, by providing “buckets” to group objects with the same properties.

Shrek: For your information, there’s a lot more to AutoCAD than people think.
Donkey: Example?
Shrek: Example… uh… AutoCAD is like an onion!
Donkey: They stink?
Shrek: Yes… No!
Donkey: Oh, they make you cry?
Shrek: No!
Donkey: Oh, you leave ’em out in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin’ little white hairs…
Shrek: NO! Layers. AutoCAD has layers. Onions have layers. You get it? They both have layers.

Layers by Robert Couse-BakerImage Credit – Robert Couse-Baker (flickr)

Even with the layer automation of many of the vertical “flavours” of AutoCAD, like AutoCAD Mechanical or AutoCAD Electrical, it is still important to understand layers and use all the layers tools within AutoCAD to your advantage. In this series of posts I’m going to dive deep looking at all aspects of layers, from creation to deletion.

Series Table of Contents

  1. Layer Filters
  2. Layer States
  3. Adding Standard Layers to your Drawings (Quickly)
  4. CAD Standards
  5. Layer Translator
  6. Layer Tool set
  7. Layers and Paper Space Layouts
  8. Layers with Blocks and Xrefs

It’ll be important to check back often so you don’t miss a post, also your comments are greatly appreciated as you can use them to ask questions or to point out areas I should expand on or that I missed.