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Taking Advantage of Layer Strategies in Adobe Illustrator CS5

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Whether you want to create multiple versions of a single object or you're building incredibly complex artwork, layers can be very helpful for controlling and keeping track of your Illustrator art objects and documents. Brian Wood, contributor to Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book, demonstrates strategies for making layers really useful.

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Sharing Layers

Sharing Layers

If you plan to take content from one Illustrator document to another, you may want to preserve the layer structure when the content is moved. This can save time later. Here's how you can do that:

  1. Before you copy the content that you want to paste into another Illustrator document, choose Paste Remembers Layers from the Layers panel menu.
  2. Select and copy the desired content.
  3. Paste the content into another Illustrator document. Notice that the layers now appear in the Layers panel.

This trick also works if you drag-and-drop content from one Illustrator document into another. Try it!

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