How to Use Layers to Take Notes, Illustrate and Design

A Concepts Tutorial for iOS, Windows and Android

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Learn how to use layers to organize your ideas, notes, drawings and plans.

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When you first start sketching, it might feel like layers are intimidating to work with. You’re just trying to scratch a few strokes, get down a few basic ideas, maybe outline a sketch or a plan. Layers are a whole different ball game of complexity.

But layers can help you think through your ideas with more order and less mess. You can use layers to brainstorm through many options right on top of your pictures or plans. And layers help give your drawings more depth and polish, with less worry about getting things right the first time.

In this tutorial, we’ll share a bit about how Concepts’ layers work, then we’ll walk you through how to use layers to take notes, create illustrations and sketch designs.

We love talking with you. Chat with us at, leave your comments and feedback, and share how you use Concepts to sketch, design and create your great ideas. Thanks for your amazing support! — The Concepts Team

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