7 Techniques for Better, Faster Layer Management in Sketch
If cakes have layers, and designs have layers, does a cake design have double the layers?
Tiny Techniques are bitesized design tricks to make you a better, faster designer in Sketch. Sometimes you’ll already be doing it…sometimes we’ll blow your mind.
Keeping your design layers well organized, aptly named, and accurately grouped is time-consuming.
What can we do to make it faster?
- Quickly Rename a Layer: Use Command+R to make the name of the selected layer editable. Give the layer a name, then hit Enter.
- Rename and Jump: Use Command+R to make the name of the selected layer editable. Give the layer a name, then hit Tab to jump to the next layer. Rinse and repeat. Pro Tip: Shift+Tab allows you to go to the previous layer instead of the next layer.
- Rename Multiple Layers at Once: Use the Rename It Plugin by Rodrigo to rename multiple layers at the same time. Type Command+Option+R to invoke the plugin, give the layers a name, then hit Enter.
RenameIt - Keep your Sketch files organized, batch rename layers and artboards.
- Layer Naming with Variables: Type Command+Control+R to invoke the Rename It Plugin, click “Layer Name”, then click “Num. Sequence ASC”. Click rename and your layers will be numbered in ascending order, while keeping their existing layer name.
- Traversing Layers from the Keyboard: Jump to the next layer by pressing Tab. Jump to the previous layer by pressing Shift+Tab.
- Entering Layer Groups from the Keyboard: Jump into a group by pressing Enter. Jump out of a group pressing Esc.
- Reorder Layers from the Keyboard: Move a layer up/down the layer list by pressing Command+Option+⬇️ or ⬆️. Move a layer to the top or bottom of the layer list by pressing Command+Option+Control+⬇️ or ⬆️.
When I’m not renaming all of my Layer Copy 9's, I’m working on Sketch design tools at UX Power Tools to make you a better, more efficient designer.