Keyboard shortcut to duplicate a layer and its content or an object
Please consider creating a keyboard shortcut that will duplicate a selected layer and its content, as in PsCC, for example.
In PsCC one can duplicate a selected layer and its contents by using either of two keyboard shortcuts: 1) 'Ctrl+J' -or- 2) 'Alt+(any up/down/left/right arrow)'.
In either case, the duplicated layer+content will appear above the selected layer.
Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F, I know....
But it’s slow.
Especially if you have a lot of heavy linked files.
Also, if you try to use Copy and Paste in Front for objects that belong to different groups, Ai puts them all into the top one, instead of leaving all in their original groups — I never deselected these objects, so it should respect the order and place in front of selected objects!
Same happens if I use Copy option in Move dialog...
There are several scripts that workaround these problems, and a plugin even, but they are not as fast as Move command with Copy option:
Sure it should be a default command, don’t you think?
Aaron Radder commented
Yes please. It is frustrating trying to build AI files for After Effects import when there is no support for quickly duplicating layers.
Magimai Chetty commented
Please AI developers team, consider our request oooooooo!!!! Yes this would be very helpful. It can boost very precious seconds of our creativity !!!! Pleeeeeeease ☺
Yes this would be very helpful.
Also... please add to the Layers Panel Options, a checkbox for (as seen in Photoshops Layer Panel Options)
Add "copy" to Copied Layers and Groups.
If unchecked it does not add "copy." This would save so much time. Please. :)
Short Cut Duplicate Layer In illustrator ?
Jeff D commented
The copy+paste-in-front workaround is trash.