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  1. Select more than one layer at once

    Okay if you have more than one layer...let's say 50 and I need to select 20 of them. Why can't someone select them with a single click instead of selecting every single layer? With shift selected I can mark more than one but they aren't selected. Same thing for sublayers and so on.

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    Hi Everyone, This feature has been available since August 2020 release (version 24.3). Please update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html Thank you for all the feedback.


    You can now select multiple layers in Layers panel. Click the bars (they get highlighted blue) if you want to operate layers and not their content (e.g. to drag to reorder) or click their markers to select their content — circle (target ones) or square (selection ones) next to them. There is no real difference which to pick, but if you want to select a range of layers, using Shift, use target markers.

  2. Layers in folders

    Given that Photoshop can group layers into folders, illustrator should have the same capacity to bring the experience closer together.

    It would allow for greater flexibility when editing artwork.

    45 votes

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  3. 24 votes

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  4. Create a layer from a selection or an artboard

    Have the ability in Layers palette to create "New layer from selection" or "New layer from artboard"

    23 votes

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  5. 18 votes

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  6. Paste in multiple layers

    I'd like to paste on multiple layers simultaneously - e.g. copy someting, select certain layers, ctrl + alt + v pastes it on all selected layers -> that would be helpful for multi-language files.

    5 votes

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  7. Delete unused empty layers

    Would love to have the possibility to delete unused layers in Illustrator (like you can delete unused colors very quickly).

    e.g. when you have 100 layers and only 10 layers have objects on them, but you don't want to delete every layer manually

    5 votes

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  8. "Move to Layer" in right-click menu

    I would love to be able to skip the Layers tab on the fly and right-click an object to move it to any layer in the document. It seems like it would make the most sense for this to live in Arrange? Ideally, the layer list would include colored bullets to match layer labels. This would be a huge time-saver for me.

    4 votes

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  9. Rightclick in layerwindow

    Allow us to right-click in the layer window. Photoshop has had it for ages, why doesn't Illustrator?
    Overall I would like it to be more like the layer window in Photoshop i.e. a Transparency option, better drag and drop and Groups.

    4 votes

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  10. Paste Remembers Layer from Indesign To Illustrator

    When pasting from Indesign to Illustrator it would be very handy if there was a remember way to keep layers intact instead of flattening them onto one layer? Maybe a dialogue box that just okays the action?

    3 votes

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  11. Bulk re-naming of layers

    Allow users to select multiple layers and re-name them all at once. I prep layered files all the time for use in AE and often have layers that are all the same type (eg: box).

    The user could shift-select the layers, then right-click and select "Re-name layers". Perhaps there could be an extra option (checkbox) to automatically number them, based on the order in which they were selected.

    Alternately, you could add a keyboard modifier - so if they re-name a layer by double-clicking it, then if they hit Shift-Return, it would activate the name of the next layer down…

    3 votes

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  12. Select all objects on same (sub)layer as selected object

    Currently, you cannot select one object and expand the selection to the entire layer, the existing "Select > Object > All on same layers" selects the parent layers as well.
    In case objects have different appearances, but reside on the same sublayer, it is much easier to select one object than to search for the appropriate layer in certain situations (especially on large files).

    3 votes

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  13. Add 'Paint Brush Mode' to highlight and actually select multiple objects or groups in Layers panel

    Add functionality like the view (eyeball ) icon cursor- as you drag down the list in the selection column of the layers menu, the cursor goes into "paint brush" mode and continues to select or deselect items. Also add "Select all objects and groups on highlighted layers or sub layers" to the dropdown function menu.

    2 votes

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  14. layer locked with password

    we are creating layouts for franchisees and because many time they unlock the layers and moving around the elements, we thought that locking the layer and protecting the content with the password could be the solution to maintain integrity in the layout designed from the agency

    2 votes

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  15. Is there a possibility to activate (highlight/select) layer by clicking on the Eye icon in AI?

    Is there any setup I can do in AI that when I click on the EYE icon at the Layer, the layer is getting selected by that? It is very inconvenient for me to open the eye and then the layer again to activate it...

    1 vote

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  16. Layers and rotate to original gesture in touch mode

    Layers would speed up to workflow when you don't have to switch workspaces so often.

    Tap or rotate gesture for rotate to original view would also speed up the workflow.

    1 vote

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  17. Pin valuable layers to top of layer stack

    Being able to pin a certain layers which I use alot to the top of the stack would be useful to me. Would save scrolling to find those layers.

    When new layers are created, pinned layers would still appear at the top. 😁

    1 vote

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  18. On fixing the hierarchy of layers

    On fixing the hierarchy of layers.

    In data with a large number of layers, such as a map, the vertical relationship and stacking order of objects is very important. We are very careful not to make mistakes, but there are times when our hands slip and we end up moving them.
    At the moment we can lock objects, but we can always manipulate the vertical relationship of objects.
    If there is a lot of demand for the ability to lock the vertical relationship other than mine, I would like to see improvements.

    1 vote

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  19. Change the opacity of a layer or directly in the tool

    Hello, it would be nice if you could change the opacity of a layer without a mask. I like to draw the shadows with the Blob Tool and have to reduce the opacity of each path after each step. It would be easier if each path automatically had a previously set opacity. Alternatively, you could make this setting in the options of the tool itself. Thank you
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    1 vote

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  20. Make dimming of a template layer work also for vector images, not only rasters

    Illustrator 26.0.1
    macOS Big SUR 11.6.1
    If I make a new template in the layers panel and try to dim images to a lower opacity — it remains at the same opacity.

    1 vote

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