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AutoCAD Tutorial 15: Working With Layers in AutoCAD

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Let’s see how working with layers helps while using 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.  In 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).

2d exercise autocad

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 objects or groups of objects off, both on-screen and on the plot.

Creating Layers in AutoCAD

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

layers icon in autocad

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

new layer in autocad

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.


list of layers in autocad

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 to the first image in this post.

Image 1

exercise to use layers in autocad

Image 2

autocad exercises

Practice exercises where you can practice working with layers

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Tom Smith June 9, 2017 - 4:56 pm

I would like to associate 2 layers with each other. I would like their Freeze states to always be opposite each other. If one is frozen & I thaw it, I would like the other to become frozen, & vice versa. Is there a way to do this?

Aris October 18, 2018 - 9:25 pm

In my opinion this is not yet possible.

ABC October 16, 2018 - 10:44 pm

quick question,
Not clear on the profile of the slot (15,44 one) . Whats is the width or radius of it?

Infamous UK October 21, 2018 - 2:29 pm

how do i get the dimensions for the top slots

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