How to Merge Layers in Storyboard Pro

How to Merge Layers in Storyboard Pro


In order to merge layers, you need to select
at least two of them. So in this case I’m going
to select Celina’s hand and Celina’s line work. So in order to select
multiple layers you just need to click
on their first layer, hold down Shift and then click on a second layer
or multiple layers. Then I’m going to right
click on these layers and from the pop-up menu I’m going to select
Merge Selected Layers, and as you can see now if I toggle the Show/Hide icon that both Celina’s line work
and her hand toggle on and off. And you can also see that the layer took
on the name of the layer that was higher in the stack. So at this time let’s select Celina’s highlight
and her shadow, and you can of course do this
again through the Layer menu, so I’m going to go
to the top menu and select Layer>Merge
Selected Layers. However, at this time a
warning box appears and that’s because
the first two layers that we merged were
both Vector layers, they both have this
gray bar on the side. However, in this case Celina’s
highlight has a blue bar which means that
it’s a Bitmap layer. So now we’re trying to merge
layers of different types. So this warning box tells us that some of the elements might
be cropped from the Vector layer because the Bitmap layer
has a fixed canvas size. So I’m going to say “OK” to this and a second warning box
appears letting us know that the new layer type is going
to be Bitmap and not Vector. So I’m going to
click “OK” again, and now if we toggle
this layer on and off, we’ll see both the shadow and the highlight
disappear together. So there is a second
way to merge layers that also gives
you more control. So I’m going to select
two more layers and once again this
time Vector and Bitmap, so one being the sensor which is this big white
and black dish at the front and the circular glow of light. So I’m going to
select both of those, and this time from
the right click menu I’m going to select
Merge Layers, and of course you
can also do this from the top Layer>Merge Layers. So the Merge Layers
dialog box appears and this gives you
a few more options than just merging
selected layers. So once again we can
select the Merge Layer Name, so instead of
having it be Sensor which is what would
happen by default, you can give it a new name. So in this case I’m going
to name it OL for Overlay. So whereas before when we were
merging two layers together the default merged layer
type was Bitmap, this time you can actually
choose to make it Vector. The difference being that
all the elements remain separate such as lines, fields et cetera, and the Vector elements
remain Vector, so resolution free when scaled, whereas with Bitmap
all the elements will be flattened into a single
element and become pixel-based. This of course grays out
any of the other options as a Bitmap Canvas Size
and Bitmap Pixel Density obviously relate
to the Bitmap layer. So I’m actually going to
keep it as Bitmap layer so we can go into
some of these. So by default the Bitmap
Canvas Size is twice that of the canvas size
of the project which would be 1720×1080 if you
divide those values in half. And this is actually
really great when you’re drawing on a
canvas double the size because that means if you
zoom out with your camera, you’ll be able to see
beyond the camera frame without having to scale up
the Bitmap background which of course would
then look pixelated. So the Bitmap Pixel Density actually works in
the opposite way. If you double the
Resolution Factor, then if you need
to zoom in twice as much your bitmap drawings
won’t look pixelated, they will actually look
as sharp as they were when you were at 100%
of the camera frame. The next item we have
is the Source Layers. So from this list we can actually choose
multiple layers to merge. 3D layers however, will
not be included in the list. So instead of selecting
them from the list by holding down Shift you can
always just select them here if you wanted to
add an extra layer, you just need to click, you don’t even need
to hold down Shift and if you want
to deselect them, you just click with your mouse and you don’t really need
to hold down Shift either. Then we have the option of
deleting the source layers or we could leave them there so we can have a merged layer of the Sensor and
the Effects layer, but still have their
original layers there if we remove
Delete Source Layers. And Removing Invisible Layers
deletes layers from your multiple selection
that may be hidden. So that’s why when you decide
not to delete source layers it’s not even going
to give you the option of deleting other layers
that are hidden, you basically keep all
your layers source and hidden. So I’m going to click “OK”. And once again we get the
warning message about cropping, so I’m going to click “OK”. So as you can see a new
layer has been created called OL for Overlay, if I hide the other two source
layers and I toggle the new one, you can see that this sensor
dish along the glow is hidden. The reason that
it looks stronger than the two source layers is because the Effects
layer has a 74% opacity whereas the new overlay layer
has a 100% opacity, and that’s why it looks stronger
than the other glow.

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