updated on 05 August 2022 | reading time: 3 minutes

Organizing your designs

Layer groups

You can use layer groups to bring more clarity and structure to your design. You can organize your design into logical parts to manipulate them more efficiently.

Layer groups have their own special properties, including colors and wireframe mode. Layer groups show as a folder icon in the Layers panel.

Adding a layer group

To add a new layer group, click on the New Layer icon at the top of the Layers panel.

Objects can be added to a layer group by dragging them onto a layer in the Layers panel. The layer folder will highlight it. Releasing the mouse button with the layer folder highlighted will move the object(s) into the layer folder.

If there is a selected object in the layer group, adding any new shapes or paths will automatically add them within the same layer group.


Note: Objects within a layer group can be arranged by the Bring to Front(1) and Send to Back(2) commands, which have respective shortcuts: / SHIFT   + / CTRL +   and / SHIFT + / CTRL +  

Frame mode

Anchoring elements inside

Frame mode

You can practice responsive design by applying anchors to the objects within the layer group. To start anchoring the objects, set the layer group as a frame(1):

  1. Select the layer group to be set as a responsive container.
    Responsive container
  2. Open the Tranform panel.
    Tranform panel
  3. In the bottom of the panel, select the Frame option(1)
    Frame option is selected

Frame mode is useful when you want to anchor objects within a particular layer group. For example, you might have a website header layer group, anchored to the top of the page, and you want to anchor elements, such as a logo, menu or social-media icons, inside the header itself.

Note:  By default, in frame mode all containing objects are anchored to the top left.
automatic anchoring of the child objects

Clipping objects inside

A frame is also a clipping object. Moving objects outside the frame boundaries hides them.

Frame - c;lipping mask


Note:  Properties outside of geometrical bounding boxes — such as outside borders or effects such as shadows — can be clipped.

Moving a layer group

Layer group contents can be moved, resized, or rotated using the Layer tool M.

Extra properties of layer groups

Layer groups also have some extra properties that are not available for normal objects:

  • Layer folders (and all their contents) can be set to wireframe view. This makes it easier to work on other content without hiding the layer folder content.

  • Layer folders can be assigned a color. The layer folder color sets the colors of bounding boxes and anchor points on that layer.