Multiple Origami Layers In One Document

A very simple Origami project in Illustrator has single “Origami” layer. You can override that name in settings, but it will still be a single layer. Origami reads it and folds the shape according to the dieline there.

A more complex Origami project has layers for front and back sides of the shape, so you can provide artwork for both sides. In that case there will be “Origami” and “Origami Backside” layers and the latter will be most likely generated automatically using Illustrator -> Make/Update Backside menu item.

But what if you want more?

How Does Origami Find Its Layer?

Since version 2.5 Origami doesn’t simply look for “Origami” layer and uses what it finds. Instead, it runs through the layers from the top-most down to the bottom and looks for a layer that contains “Origami” in its name.

Once found, Origami uses this layer doesn’t matter if its name is “Origami” or “My first origami layout”. As soon as Origami finds a layer that has the proper word - it uses that layer.

How Does It Help?

The main benefit is that you can have multiple Origami layers in one file. Different type of packages, different sizes, whatever - you can store them all in the same single Illustrator file.

You switch between different dielines by either moving the right one to the top of the layers list, or by hiding the other ones. Simply make sure that the layer you need is the first visible layer that has “Origami” name in it.

The image below has three Origami layers and the top one “Test Origami Scene” will be used.

Multiple Origami layers, part 1

If we hide the first layer, Origami will use the second layer “Origami - Package 200ml”:

Multiple Origami layers, part 2

This way you can have multiple dielines in the same file and easily switch between them.

What About Backside?

Origami also tries to find a backside for a given “Origami” layer and it can be quite tricky when you have multiple dieline layers in the file. Here’s how it works:

  1. First of all, Origami finds its main “Origami” layer as explained above;
  2. Then it takes its name and replaces the front name part there with the name of the backside;
  3. Then it looks for a layer with exactly that name and uses it as the back one.

So basically it tries to guess the backside name by replacing the “front” parth with the “back” one:

Making backside layer name in Origami

Here are some more examples, assuming that you have “Origami” and “Origami Backside” in settings:

Best of all, Illustrator -> Make/Update Backside menu item takes care about backside names and can easily make new layers with proper names for you. Just make sure that Origami picks a proper main layer first.

Are Collisions Possible?

There are two types of possible issues with this approach:

As you may see, Origami tries to be as straightforward as possible, while allowing you to have more features at no additional cost of the user interface complexity.

What’s Next

Have a look at other advanced Origami topics:

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