How To Merge Layers In Procreate | Individual and Multiple Layers

How to merge layers in Procreate

In today’s tutorial we’ll be going over a simple task in Procreate — merging layers. To merge layers in Procreate all you have to do is tap the layer and select “merge down”. Merging multiple layers is a bit trickier though.

Layer merging is a fundamental process when working with design software, and each application handles it differently. If you’re used to using desktop-based design applications though, you may be a bit perplexed as to how this works in a mobile environment. Normally, you would look for some kind of button in the UI that indicates merging. When it comes to Procreate though, such a feature isn’t labeled in plain sight like it would be on a desktop.

How To Merge Layers In Procreate

There’s two ways in which you can merge layers in Procreate:

  1. Individual layers: you can merge individual layers, one at a time
  2. Multiple layers: you can merge multiple layers at a time

The following video tutorial will walk you through the entire process for both in under two minutes:

Continue on for the written instructions

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How To Merge Individual Layers

How To Merge Multiple Layers

How To Merge Individual Layers

To merge layers in Procreate, open the Layers menu and tap on the layer you’d like to merge and make sure the other layer you’d like to merge it with is positioned beneath it. A flyout menu should populate to the left of the Layers menu. From the flyout menu, top on the “Merge Down” option.

Let’s first go over how to merge individual layers in Procreate, which is a somewhat straightforward process.

Step 1: Open the Layers menu

The first step is to open the Layers menu by tapping on the icon in the top-right corner:

Layers menu
Open the Layers menu using the icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

As you can see in my example, I have several copies of the same layer for demonstrative purposes.

Important: make sure that the layers you’d like to merge together are positioned directly above and beneath each other in the Layers menu.

If they’re currently not, you can move your layer by holding a tap over it and then dragging it above or beneath the other layer that you’d like to merge it with.

Step 2: Tap the layer you’d like to merge and select “merge down”

Now that the layers are positioned next to each other in the layer order, we can open the Layer Options menu to merge them together.

To do so, select the layer on top that you’d like to merge with the layer beneath it and then tap on it again. A flyout menu will populate to the left of the layers menu:

Layer options
Top on your selected layer to access the Layer Options menu.

To merge your layers all you have to do is select the Merge Down option from the list. This will cause the selected layer to be combined (or “merged”) with the layer beneath it.

How To Merge Multiple Layers

There is no way to directly merge multiple layers in Procreate. As a workaround, you can select the layers that you’d like to merge together and place them in a new layer group. Then, you can flatten the layer group, effectively causing your layers to merge together.

Now that we’ve gone over how to merge individual layers in Procreate, let’s go over a workaround for merging multiple layers.

Step 1: Open the Layers menu and select the layers you’d like to merge

First, open the Layers menu and select all of the layers that you’d like to merge together:

Multiple layers selected
Sliding right will allow you to select multiple layers at a time.

To select multiple layers in Procreate, slide right on each layer that you’d like to merge together. Each layer will be highlighted in a duller shade of blue as they’re selected.

Step 2: Place the selected layers into a new group

With the layers selected, tap the Group button located at the top-right of the Layers menu:

Layer group
Tap the Group button at the top of the menu to group the layers together.

This will place your selected layers into a new Layer Group:

Layer group
Collapse the layer group.

Tap the downward-facing arrow next to the layer group name to collapse the group.

Step 3: Flatten the layer group

Now that we’ve added our layers to a new group, all we have to do to merge them together is flatten the group.

Flattening is similar to merging in that it combines layers together.

To flatten your layer group, tap on the layer group to access the layer group options:

Flatten layer group
Choosing the flatten the layer group will effectively merge the layers in the group together.

Selecting the Flatten option from the list will causes the layer group to become a single, merged layer:

Merged layers

Conclusion

As is the case for changing a layer’s opacity, knowing how to merge layers in Procreate can be confusing as it’s not directly labeled on any of the user interface or menu options until you open the Layer Options menu. Nevertheless, it’s still a relatively straightforward process once you know how it works.

If you have any questions or need clarification on any of the steps taken in this lesson, simply leave a comment below.

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