Moving sublayer to different layer without dragging

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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Here is the situation, I have an imported AI file that came from AutoCAD. Within each layer are hundreds or thousands of sublayers, mostly called <path>.

 

I want to be able to select a feature within the drawing and quickly change it to a different layer.  I attached a photo. I want to change the color of specific building footprints quickly, and I was planning on creating a new layer that has the different colored buildings within that layer. My problem is that to manually drag each sublayer out of the layer and into the new layer takes minutes per move due to the large amount of sublayers.

 

In other software, you can manually move to a new layer via a drop down box that eliminates having to drag each selection. Is there anything similar to this in Illustrator? Dragging is very inefficient for me.

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021
I can imagine that cutting the objects, followed by selecting (highlighting) the target layer and pasting the clipboard while the "Paste Remembers Layer" option is disabled in the flyout menu of the Layers palette may help in this case.  

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021
@Kurt Gold has a good answer, but unless I am misunderstanding something, you can also keep the layer panel closed, shift click on the items you want moved, create a new layer, then clicking on the box in the first layer, slide it into the new layer. It will move everything you selected into the new layer and you don't ever need to expand the layer panel with the hundreds of paths. The only time you might run into a problem is if there are clipping paths or other funky things going on in that or...

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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Select your item, in the layers panel there will be a blue square showing your selection, drag that to the layer you want it on.

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Right, I understand that, but based in my question I was inquiring if there was an alternative method. The dragging method takes several minutes due to the large quantity of sublayers within the layer.

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In the screen clipping provided, you're seeing sublayers within the top layer. I want to move it to a seperate top layer, which I think requires scrolling all the up and out of this layer to the layer I want to move it to. There are hundreds or thousands of sublayers to scroll past. Is that the only option?

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@Kurt Gold has a good answer, but unless I am misunderstanding something, you can also keep the layer panel closed, shift click on the items you want moved, create a new layer, then clicking on the box in the first layer, slide it into the new layer. It will move everything you selected into the new layer and you don't ever need to expand the layer panel with the hundreds of paths. The only time you might run into a problem is if there are clipping paths or other funky things going on in that original layer.

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Yes this is exactly what I was looking for. I didn't know you could drag with the layer closed. This will completely change how I used Illustrator. Thank you

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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I'd like to understand this better: how are you moving the objects to the new layer without selecting the blue square?

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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You click on the circle next to the square and immediately slide it to the new layer. It may take a few tries to get used to it.

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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Glad this is helpful. Hope it works out for you.

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I can imagine that cutting the objects, followed by selecting (highlighting) the target layer and pasting the clipboard while the "Paste Remembers Layer" option is disabled in the flyout menu of the Layers palette may help in this case.

 

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That is an elegant solution that I wouldn't have considered. Thank you, I'll have to try it out

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