I have 2 large illustrator files (lets say version 1 and version 2). If I have 40 layers on version 2 that I want to send/add to version 1, is this possible (without copy/pasting in place each individual layer?)
in the layers panel flyout menu: make sure "paste remembers layers" is checked. Select the artwork, copy paste in new document. It will recreate the layer structure as prev doc.
I'm not sure if this function no longer works in CC or if I'm not doing it correctly, but I made sure "paste remembers layers" is active, then selected the layers and objects I wanted to copy, but when I paste in a new document it all pastes into the active layer. No new layers are created.
Paste Remembers Layers must be on in both documents.
Are you sure PRL can be set on a per document basis, Larry?
Yes, I just turn it on in the New Document Profile I use most.
Ok, then something must have changed.
I'm using AI CS5 and can set it only globally. That means it is not possible to have it turned on in Doc A and turned off in Doc B at the same time.
That may well be. I always work with it on.
Jeff, can you show a screenshot of your Layers palette (expanded)?
Thank you SOOO much. I knew there had to be a way to do this.
Sorry to resurrect this post, although i suppose it's not really THAT old.
I use Paste Remembers Layers for some very specific applications, but have it turned off most of the time because it can break other parts of my process. However, I'm attempting to build a new procedure for my mockup artists which requires specific layer hierarchy to be retained from one doc to the next. However, I've found that the oh so handy "paste remembers layers" option does not do anything for blank layers...
Does anybody know of a way to copy a layer (full of blank sublayers) from one document to the next? I may end up just scripting the process, but if i can avoid that i'd be very grateful.
Have you ever considered using template files or new document profiles?
Indeed. I'm actually building custom templates that are conducive to scripting for very specific artwork placement and naming rules. But sometimes those templates need to be merged together (some orders will have multiple styles in the same master file). So I'm building the template exactly how i need it, but in the event that i need to merge two or more, i'm looking for a way to maintain the layer structure (even if some layers are empty) because those empty layers may be filled later, and it's important for the subsequent scripts for those layers to be named properly and in the right level of hierarchy.
You might try using a small object of an oddball color on each layer, maybe off the artboard, to use as a place holder for the sub-layers when using "Paste Remembers Layers" and then delete it afterwards.
Thanks, Larry. I had considered that as well, but it leaves open the very likely possibility that an artist will forget to delete the placeholder artwork and then I will get blamed for the error that ensues when they attempt to run the script later. As is the nature of the operation i'm working in... I volunteered to script and automate our process, but nobody wants to change a single thing about their process because they can't see the tremendous time/money savings just over the hill.. But alas. I've decided to take on the challenge and gladly accept all the hurdles, because i know the knowledge and experience will only make me more valuable.
Anywho, Thanks for your suggestions. 😃
When you automate this with an action, you can include deleting the objects in the action.
Selecting object via a "Note" you apply to them ad delete. Read about actions in the manual.
Check out the last post in this for a method to create and remove an action which might be what you need to remove the objects from your files.
In my case, I got the error underneat, although both documents have the same size.
Solution: use 'Place in Front or Place in Back', which past the layer on the same position.
alternatively, paste in place, which is essentially paste in front i suppose. but it is another option.
Thanks so much! I had no idea you could do that in Illustrator! This shortcut will save me TONS of time in the future! Can't believe I spent so much time in the past copying and pasting individual elements. Haha
Is it possible to duplicate a layer and avoid having both the parent and sublayers automatically get "copy" appended to the end of the layer name? I don't mind it for the parent layer but it becomes a major pain when having to also rename sublayers. Essentially we use this to track design options and each sublayer gets a graphic style applied for consistency. This way it's much easier to maintain or purge out old obsolete options. An ideal solution might be to specify the new layer name after running the 'Duplicate [Layer]' command rather than the command blasting all new layers with the 'copy' text appended to the end.
Thoughts on this anyone?
This doesn't preserve the layer hierarchy.