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Utilizing Layers in Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam® Revu® allows you to create multi-layered PDFs that organize your content in whichever way most suits your organization. In Revu, there’s always more than one way to complete a task. Below, we’ll look at a few ways you can create a layered document, toggle layers on and off, and assign markups to a specific layer.

Create a Layered PDF: 

The first method you can use to create a Layered PDF is to navigate to the File menu tab > Create > Layered PDF. This will prompt you to select which files to create a Layered PDF. Browse other files to begin layering.

Navigate to Create Layered PDF


Layers Panel: 

Another method for utilizing Layers is to utilize the Layers panel. You can create a blank layer to add content or create a layer with content from another document. 



You also have the option to create a parent or child layer and select its location before or after any current layers.



Overylay Pages: 

The final method to utilize Layers in Revu is to use the Document menu tab > Overlay Pages. This will allow you to create a PDF from any currently open documents or browse other documents to layer.





NOTE: I prefer this method because you can color the layers and align them if they are not oriented properly.


Toggle On/Off Layers: 

Once your layers have been configured appropriately, the (eyeball) icon in the layers panel allows you to toggle your layers on or off. A blank box means the layer is not currently turned on.



Assigning Markups to Layers: 

Once your layers are created, you can begin assigning markups to specific layers. This is a great way to organize who said what.



Select markups in the Markups List. Then, choose which layer to assign the selected markups from the Layers column.


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Alex Arriaga is a Bluebeam Design Technology Specialist at MG AEC Technology Partners. Alex is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor, Bluebeam Certified Support Representative and a member of the Denver Bluebeam User Group. He works with organizations and individuals in furthering their workflows with and knowledge of Bluebeam Revu.

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Bluebeam Revu is a registered trademark of Bluebeam, Inc., used under license.

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