Working with Layers in AutoCAD

Now, we are going to learn how to work with Layers in AutoCAD.

Layers: independent drawing spaces that stack on top of each other to create an overall image. (*Google)

Organizing objects in layers is important when you work on big projects (Architecture for example). You use layers to organize your project in such a way that every group of similar things is in their own layers.  On the following image, I have created 3 layers (I have given each one a unique color for you to differentiate between one and the other).


How do layers help?

  • Layers allow you to easily control properties of a group of objects; line-weight, color, line-type.
  • Layers allow you to turn object or group of objects off, both on screen and on the plot.

Creating Layers in AutoCAD

To create a layer, click on the Layer Properties icon.


The following will pop up, click on the indicated icon to create a new layer. The following shows layers I created for the exercise above.


Each of your layers can be customized, such as having its own Linetype, line weight, transparency and plot Style.

Close the windows when you are done creating layers.

Manipulating Layers

To put an object in a layer, make sure when you are creating that object, its layer is set to current.



If I want to draw a circle in the layer Small Circles, I will make sure I select it first before drawing.

If you created an object in the wrong layer, don’t worry, it is possible to put an already created element in a different layer.

Simply Select the object, Select the layers you want that object in, And Press ESC on your keyboard.


Now that you know how to create Layers, use what you have learned to replicate the exercise below, and do not forget you need to put elements in 3 layers similar the first image in this post.

Image 1


Image 2