Layer States

This tool provides a mechanism for recording the state of a layer set at any point in time. You might well save a series of these when working on a design. in the figure below, we have saved a state called AllOn [every layer is displayed] Irrigation [just showing those layers required by an irrigation installer], and planting [used to show the client].

Layer States

Using the tool, it is possible to quickly apply a set of layer conditions to a view. It is especially convenient when managing layout views of a design.

   Layer States Click the movie icon to play a short movie showing how layer states can be used to good effect. The layer states manager is used to name a set of layer states. Once named, the state can be restored quickly to display just the information required

Layer States Manager

 Layer States Another movie in which managing layer states is discussed.

Check list for managing layer states

Use the LAYER option and turn on all layers.

Select the Layer States Manager and create a new layer state (we suggest All On for this first state).

Close the Layer States Manager.

Turn off those layers not required for the new layer state.

Open the Layer States Manager and create a new state e.g. Base Plan

Close the Layer States Manager.

Using​ the Layer States Manager

Open the Manager, select the desired state and choose the Restore option.

Layers from outside consultants

Landscape designers often work with base plans that have been through several hands. The figure below shows a typical layer list from an architects office. This dialog box is activated through the Layer command (toolbar, command line or drop menu option.

Typical layer set

Tip: It is important to learn how to manage layers efficiently, especially when there are a lot in use in a drawing. One handy tool often missed by new users is the ability to turn on all layers in one step, or turn off all layers. Simply right click in the filters list as shown below.

Layer states

Turning off all layers in one action is most useful, because then you can click on the light bulb icon on a single layer to show just those entities on that particular layer. Blocks (plant symbols) on a layer L-PLNT-SYMBOL are isolated in the example below.

Layer states

The shadow tool creates a new layer an puts shadowing on that layer. This is one instance where the use of these 'global' tools to control layer visibility is most important.


One layer (L-PLNT-SHADOW) can be easily isolated as shown below. This is a useful tool if you find it necessary to run the shadow tool again, perhaps to include extra species in the shadowing step.

Isolate layer

Layer states