From the working canvas, a layer will be returned from the following methods. At any given moment, the working canvas has a current layer, and any new elements or effects called from the working canvas are added to the current layer. Elements or effects called from a layer are always added to that layer.


Creates a new layer at the top of the layer stack and retrieves that layer.

var layer1 = canvas.newLayer();

layer1 === canvas.currentLayer;
// true

var layer2 = canvas.newLayer();

layer1 === canvas.currentLayer;
// now this is false:
// layer2 is the current layer


Retrieve and switch the current layer to the layer at index i. If i is not given, retrieve the bottom-most layer.

var canvas = Martin('canvas'), // instantiates with a base layer (0)
    baseLayer = canvas.layer(0),
    newLayer = canvas.newLayer();

canvas.layer(0); // switches context to the base layer
var sameLayer = canvas.layer(1);

sameLayer === newLayer; // true

Once a layer has been retrieved, you can call the following methods on the layer:


Clears the layer of all pixel data, but remembers elements and effects. The layer remains on the working canvas. Returns the layer.


Removes the layer from the working canvas (it will no longer be rendered), but remembers elements and effects. Returns the layer.


Bumps the layer to position i (a number), with 0 being the bottom layer. Returns the layer.


Bumps the layer up in the layer stack. Returns the layer.


Bumps the layer down in the layer stack. Returns the layer.


Bumps the layer to the top of the layer stack. Returns the layer.


Bumps the layer to the bottom of the layer stack. Equivalent to calling layer.bump(0). Returns the layer.