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Keeping layer assignments

Engaged ,
Jun 19, 2020

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Over the years, I have developed the habit of assigning layers in order of appearance blue - base, psd; red -vector; lt. green - copy; lt blue -heads; purple - guides, etc., etc. Is there a way that I can keep those layer assignments so when I create a new file, the layers are already named. Kinda OC I guess, but would be nice.

Thanks to those who know more than me,

Joe

 

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Create a file which is a template containing those layer assignments. This would work if you used standard sizes and saved a file for each size. Then choose File > Save As  and save in the InDesign Template (.indt) format. When starting a new file open the template (.indt) file, and you're ready to go.

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Keeping layer assignments

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Over the years, I have developed the habit of assigning layers in order of appearance blue - base, psd; red -vector; lt. green - copy; lt blue -heads; purple - guides, etc., etc. Is there a way that I can keep those layer assignments so when I create a new file, the layers are already named. Kinda OC I guess, but would be nice.

Thanks to those who know more than me,

Joe

 

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Correct answer by Steve Werner | Adobe Community Professional

Create a file which is a template containing those layer assignments. This would work if you used standard sizes and saved a file for each size. Then choose File > Save As  and save in the InDesign Template (.indt) format. When starting a new file open the template (.indt) file, and you're ready to go.

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Create a file which is a template containing those layer assignments. This would work if you used standard sizes and saved a file for each size. Then choose File > Save As  and save in the InDesign Template (.indt) format. When starting a new file open the template (.indt) file, and you're ready to go.

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Thanks Steve,

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Jun 20, 2020

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You can also create a file (no matters the format), create the layers you need and draw a frame on the pasteboard, duplicate it on all layers. Then select all and export this a a snippet. If you import this snippet on any file, the layers structure will be created (if this option is checked in the layers panel)

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Or better, use this script

#target indesign

app.activeDocument.layers.add ({name: 'Your layer name', layerColor: UIColors.TEAL});
app.activeDocument.layers.add ({name: 'Your layer name', layerColor: UIColors.DARK_GREEN});
app.activeDocument.layers.add ({name: 'Your layer name', layerColor: UIColors.RED});
app.activeDocument.layers.add ({name: 'Your layer name', layerColor: UIColors.GRAY});
app.activeDocument.layers.add ({name: 'Your layer name', layerColor: UIColors.GREEN});
app.activeDocument.layers.item('Layer 1').remove(); 

Just change the layers name and the UI color. The first layer in the list will be the bottom layer in the document 

 

I did not write this script (I just customized it according to my needs) and I do not remember where I got it, apologies to the author

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Jun 23, 2020

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Thank you!

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