Layers and Masters Panel»

FontLab VI allows multiple layers in the Glyph Window. Layers may contain Elements with contours or with bitmap images. When you are working on a variable font layers may represent masters and instances.

Glyph window with Layers and Masters panel

Creating New Layers»

To add new layer, click on the + button at the bottom of the panel or use the Glyph > Add Layer(CmdShiftN) command. The new layer dialog will appear:

You can add new layers to all glyphs in the font, to selected glyphs if they were selected in the Font window or to the current glyph only.

The option Fill new layer with contents of this font allows you to copy glyph elements from another opened font to the new layer of the current font. If you copy within one font the contents of the currently selected layer is copied to the new layer.

Make it master layer names the new layer in a way that it works as a master.

Note

Layers with masters have their names in bold.

Use instance layer if available takes the layer named #instance (virtual instance) containing the current result of interpolation.

The option Rasterize layer to this PPM puts the result of glyph outlines rasterization to the new layer.

You have the option to name your new layer and set its main properties here in the dialog. If the “Put to Background” button is pressed, a new layer will appear at the end of the layers list. To put the new layer on top, switch this option off.

Duplicating Layers»

To duplicate the current layer for the current glyph, click on the Duplicate button.

To duplicate for several glyphs, add new layer using the + button.

Browsing Layers and Masters»

Switch between layers/masters by clicking on their names or using the Glyph > Next Layer (++Alt+.++) and Previous Layer (++Alt+,++) menu commands. Next Layer and Previous Layer commands skip service layers.

Move layers by dragging them up or down to change the layers order.

Layers with Masters»

Layers with masters have their names in bold. Additionally compatible masters have pale green background in the panel, incompatible masters have pale red background:

Editing Layers Properties»

To hide/show a layer, click on the Eye button at the left of the Layer thumbnail. The currently active layer is always shown regardless of the setting.

To change the layer opacity, use the Opacity spin box.

The three toggle fields next to each layer’s name allow you to lock a layer, make it a Service layer (which means that the layer is displayed but will not be rendered in preview and exported into the final font), or a Wireframe layer (which disables the fill in the glyph’s preview and renders a stroke instead).

The color of the stroke in the wireframe mode can be defined with the last selector.

Deleting Layers»

To remove the selected layer, click on the button at the bottom of the Layers panel or use the Glyph > Remove Layer command. You can delete layers in all glyphs in the font, in selected glyphs if they were selected in the Font window or in the current glyph only.