Let’s wrap up this three-part blog series with “How To Use and Manage Layers In Bluebeam Revu”. If you missed my previous post titled “4…
Let’s wrap up this three-part blog series with "How To Use and Manage Layers In Bluebeam Revu". If you missed my previous post titled “4 Ways To Create Layers in Bluebeam Revu”, jump back and read that one to learn different ways layers can be created.
Great questions. What good are layers if you don’t know how to use or manage them? I might miss something, but in this post I hope to cover everything we can do managing layers in Bluebeam Revu. Some might be more relatable than others depending on users' workflows. I’d love to see your comments and questions over in the Brainery. If you’re not a member of the Brainery user groups & forums, what are you waiting for?
Once your layers are assigned to specific markups, you’re able to quickly hide/unhide layers in Bluebeam.
*Notice as you click the eye, those layers in the document are turning on/off.
*If layers are greyed out in the layers panel, that means they exist in the document, but not on the current page. It could also me the layer exists in the document, but there are no markups assigned to it yet.
Did you know you can set a specific layer to be current? Just like in CAD software, you can set a layer to “current” and all the markups you place going forward will be on the specified layer.
If you have markups on several layers and you want to merge them all to one layer, here’s the trick. In the .gif below, you’ll see me select several layers in the markups list.
If you have markups not on a layer or on an incorrect layer, you can move layers by selecting those markups in the markups list, right-click and select the layer you want them moved to.
For some users they associate layers with colors, so even though colors and layers are not related at all, we can use them together.
If you use several layers and want to add some organization to the layers panel, you can create layer groups (categories).
You can also easily remove layers from your pdf document.
As you can see the options are confusing and some of them even produce the same results. If you have different results with your testing. Please let us all know in the Brainery.
When you flatten a document, everything gets pressed into the PDF, so they’re no longer editable. However, even though the markups are flattened, you can still adjust the visibility in the Layers Panel. You also don’t have to flatten all layers, you can select each or not.
To learn more about the flattening options, take a look at my article on Bluebeam’s Built Blog.
Do you ever have several markups in a small area overlapping each other making them difficult to read? Did you know you can tell your markups to not show up until you zoom in close enough?
I hope that helps you better understand all the ways we're using and managing layers in Bluebeam Revu. With “Zoom” being what I would consider the mic drop of the article, I’ll have to end it here. However, writing this I thought of a new tip, check it out in the Tips & Tricks group in the Brainery. Might as well join while you’re there scrolling through the other tips.
If you need help incorporating Layers into your workflows, or have any customization services questions, don't hesitate to reach out. Contact me.
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