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In most graphics programs, the content is applied to the file in layers that can be turned on or off in terms of visibility, for printing, and so on. The structure of a PDF is similar in that users can manage PDF layers and control various parameters. This article takes a deep look at PDF layers and how to manage them using Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor, one of the most powerful PDF editors.
NOTICE: Please upgrade your PDFelement for Windows to Version 8.2.8 for the new feature-PDF layers.
Layers in a PDF file are often called Option Content because you have the option to display or hide them when viewing and printing documents. You can control each layer, delete or rename layers as you need.
PDF layers are similar to the layers used in programs such as AutoCAD and Visio. Their purpose is to allow content to be segregated into components that can be controlled individually rather than as a single piece of content. You can set the parameters of a layer when control it later in programs like Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor.
PDF layers serve various purposes, so it is important to understand these before you decide to implement your content using PDF layering. Just like a layered vector image serves the purpose of providing non-destructive editing for graphic images, etc., PDF layers are intended to be used in certain specific scenarios. So, when can you use PDF layers?
If you need your content to be managed this way, you can use PDF layering as the best option to render your content.
PDFelement gives you full control over your PDF layers. You can manipulate them as you like after importing files from other programs such as Adobe Illustrator, and there are multiple options available for you to control your PDF layers. Let’s look at some of the various functionalities of the PDF layer feature in PDFelement 8 version.
Layer visibility can be changed with a simple toggle action to turn it on or off. The steps below show you how to do it in PDFelement.
Step 1. Open a PDF file containing at least two or more layers.
Step 2. Click the Layer icon in the left sidebar panel.
Step 3. When you see the list of layers in a new panel, check or uncheck the box next to each layer to toggle its visibility to On or Off.
NOTE: When you first click on the Layer icon, you may see that some layers are set to visible while others are set to invisible. This is the default or initial visibility that was set in the program that created the file. You can also change these visibility settings, as shown in the sections below.
PDFelement allows you to delete an existing layer, which will affect the layout of the content. Once you save the file, this layer won’t be recoverable, so it’s better to save a new copy of the file so the original is preserved. Here are the steps to delete a PDF layer:
Step 1. Click the Layer icon on the left.
Step 2. Right-click the name of the layer to show you a contextual menu.
Step 3. In the menu, select Delete.
Step 4. You’ll see a warning that the action cannot be undone and an option to confirm or cancel. Click Yes to confirm deletion of that layer.
You can also rename a layer using the same method.
Step 1. Click the Layer icon again.
Step 2. Right-click the name of the layer.
Step 3. Choose Rename.
Step 4. Assign a new name to the layer and hit Enter to confirm. This action can be done as many times as required.
The properties of each layer can be changed individually by following the steps shown below:
Step 1. Right-click the layer name in the side panel after selecting the Layer icon.
Step 2. Choose Properties in the contextual menu.
Step 3. You can also access this window by clicking the hamburger icon (Options) above the list of layers and selecting Layer Properties in the drop-down menu.
Step 4. You will now see the Layer Properties window with two sections - Properties and Initial State.
Specific properties or attributes of each layer can be set individually. Let’s look at some of the behavioral attributes that can be modified for each PDF layer in your document.
Item 1: Default Layer State
This changes the state of the document when saving the file. The next time you open the file, this state will be remembered and the layer will either be visible (On) or invisible (Off).
Item 2: Locking a Layer
You can lock a layer to prevent modifications to that layer. Simply check the box next to where it says Locked, and it’s done.
Item 3: Changing the Intent
The Intent property of a layer defines the purpose of the layer. The options are View and Reference. Changing the setting to Reference will gray out all the other options, since this layer is not intended for printing or editing.
Item 4: Changing the Initial State
As mentioned, the initial state is the original state of each layer when the layers were created. This may have been done in another program, and PDFelement allows you to alter this state in different ways.
By changing the combinations of these settings, you can gain full control over PDF layers. There is also another way to change some of the attributes when viewing a layered PDF.
Clicking the hamburger icon at the top of the sidebar panel reveals a contextual menu with various options:
PDFelement is a versatile PDF tool with features constantly being added to new versions. In its latest avatars as PDFelement 8 version, new feature-PDF layer control has been added. The updates are quite frequent, and you’ll receive notifications and alerts when a new version is available. To check manually for new versions, click the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. Make sure your version is always the current one to take advantage of new features, greater speed, higher performance, and more stability.