A composition in Smode is a stack of layers. Here are the different ways to create such layers.
In order to create an image or video 2D layer, simply drag your file from the file tree:
and drop it inside your composition:
2D and 3D layers can respectively be created with the 2D Layers and 3D Layers sub-menus of a compo popup menu.
This menu is accessible in both the top-left menu button or anywhere in the background of the element tree using the right click.
Layers can be created by selecting an existing layer and by duplicating it:
- Keyboard method Select an existing layer and press Ctrl+D to duplicate it
- Drag and drop method Select an existing layer and drop it at the destination place by keeping the Ctrl key down
Note that if you specified an explicit label on the duplicated layer, both methods will auto-increment the name to keep unique names:
Its possible to create a layer by typing a part of its internal name in the element creation box (the default shortcut is Ctrl + Spacebar):
Once the element you want to instantiate appear in the popup, just select it with the arrow keys and press return to create it at current level (or as a children) of the selected element.
This is an advanced feature, usually used by advanced users.