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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. Implement quick filter in Layers panel

    On large documents designers very often give names to objects in document structure for improve navigation in structure. But now there are no way to quickly find object by name in document, except custom scripts.

    For solve this problem please implement quick filter input field in Layers panel interface, for quickly search objects by part of his name (like filter in Fonts list).

    Even if designer don't add names, via this filter we will can quick find all curves, all rectangles, all circles, all curves, all guides, etc, so it will be very useful.

    80 votes

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    Hi Everyone,

    This functionality is available in our latest release build – 27.6.1. 


    The new functionality allows searching layers by name using the searchbar in the layers panel. The users can also apply filters based on layer properties (locked, hidden etc) or objects properties (effects, text etc.). This will help to quickly find layers/objects for large documents (having multiple layers).


    Read more about this - https://helpx.adobe.com/in/illustrator/using/whats-new/2023-5.html#search-and-filter


    Thank you for all the feedback.

  3. Add Folders in Layers panel

    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.

    80 votes

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  4. Grouping / linking objects from different layers

    Hi Illustrator ! It would be great if there’s a feature to group objects and not have them in the same layer. Many instances I want to be able to resize/multiple select different objects (frim different layers) at the same time without having to select each of them individually everytime.

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  5. Release to Layers should inherit custom names from original objects

    When I Release to Layers, all of the objects within that layer are renamed to "Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3" etc. and I'd love to be able to have the new layers be named the same as when they were objects.

    43 votes

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  7. 31 votes

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  8. 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"

    28 votes

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    An indented way to achieve this now is to create a simple action.

    1. Create an action

    2. Select some art

    3. Create a new Layer with a button in the Layers panel

    4. Object > Arrange > Send to Current Layer

    5. End recording

    Actions are great for automating various routines we have in Illustrator, and this is just one of them. If you think it still should be a native operation instead (or an action to be included in standard Actions pack) — please vote and comment.

  9. Turn a layer highlight into an object selection

    It's often simpler to highlight entries in the layers panel than it is to select the objects on the artboard.

    e.g. you could just click the first and shift-click the last in order to hightlight many consecutive layers.

    It would be really efficient if those highlighted objects could then be turned into a selection on the artboard (for transforming the elements or whatnot).

    16 votes

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  10. An option to have the same color for new layers

    Can you create a preference that makes every new layer use the same colour? The first thing I have to do when creating a new layer is to change the colour back to light blue (my preferred colour). I understand why a user might want different colours but I cannot see many of them with my colour vision deficiency. Thank you very much.

    13 votes

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  11. Auto Layout, Grid layout & Padding

    Auto layout is a property you can add to shapes and many things, to create designs that grow to fill or shrink to fit, and reflow as their contents change.

    Also can add padding and margin , this help us when we design C.V., Menu, branding guideline & ...ect

    Grid layout easly and helpfully.

    11 votes

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  12. 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

    11 votes

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  13. Select objects on layer panel by CTRL Dragging on circle icon

    In older versions of Illustrator you could go to the layer panel and CTR L / CMD drag on the circle icons to select multiple objects really fast. Would love to have this back as it wasn't replaced with anything else and a lot of times I need to select objects on the layer panel and not the canvas.

    8 votes

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  14. Lock/hide artboard

    Artboards may contain different objects from different layers... There is no easy way to lock/hide/select all the layers on specific artboard.
    It will be a nice Idea to lock/hide/select all layers/objects based on the artboard.
    I wish I can do these operation in artboard panel and this feature may lead me to ask why not to Filter Layers by artboard in the Layers panel?!!

    7 votes

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  15. Paste in multiple (all / selected) layers

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

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  16. Can we please have layers control of some level in Touch workspace?

    Not having any control over layers in touch mode make it almost impossible to use. Touch workspace already have a nice interface but having to go back and forth from one workspace to another just to change layer makin life hard.
    Thanks!

    5 votes

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  17. 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…

    5 votes

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  18. "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.

    5 votes

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  19. I would like to see the output of the subject created by the generated AI with each part layered by part.

    I would like the subject created by the generated AI to be output with parts divided into layers by part (right eye) (left eye) (outline) (eyebrows), etc.
    This is because I want the puppet to move immediately in Adobe Character Animatror.

    4 votes

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  20. Define a default color for a layer

    Define a default color for a layer, that is, whenever you create a new layer in illustrator it will keep the programmed color, so it will no longer generate a different color for each new layer created.

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