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Aharon Rabinowitz
Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Feb 22, 2006 at 11:37:34 pm

Hey there-

Is it possible to Copy layers from one AI Doc to Another? If so, how?

Thanks.

Aharon

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Re: Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Feb 22, 2006 at 11:37:51 pm

forgot to tag it for response...

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calamitychaos
Re: Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Feb 23, 2006 at 8:59:16 am

I'm not in front of AI at the moment, but I think you can open both docs then just drag the layer from the layer palette of one and drop into the other. I'll check that at work tomorrow if no one else chimes in.


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Aharon Rabinowitz
Re: Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Feb 23, 2006 at 1:41:28 pm

Thanks. I tired that first, but I didn't have any luck. Maybe there's a key command with it?

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calamitychaos
Re: Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Feb 23, 2006 at 8:19:07 pm

What version are you using Aharon? I'm using CS1 and I thought that technique (albeit simplistic!) worked for me a few weeks back...I'll check it when I get to work and get back to you.


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Aharon Rabinowitz
Re: Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Feb 23, 2006 at 8:21:29 pm

I'm in CS2. Thanks.

Aharon

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calamitychaos
Re: Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Feb 23, 2006 at 10:55:48 pm

Try this:
In your target doc, create a new empty layer.
In your source doc, add a new empty layer and drag all your layers into it so you've got "Layer 1" and inside are all the layers you want to move

Select Layer 1 (click the little radio button and you should see the bounding box and all layers selected) Drag this into your target doc---note that when you click on your source layers to drag them, the cursor should be a triangle shape rather than an arrow shape.

Does that work for you in CS2? I can take screenshots if you need 'em...


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Aharon Rabinowitz
Re: Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Feb 24, 2006 at 6:35:38 pm

[calamitychaos] " Drag this into your target doc"

Drag what? Everything I drag - radio button or layer 1 - doesn't allw me to take it out of the current document

[calamitychaos] "the cursor should be a triangle shape rather than an arrow shape."

I get the hand that's a fist.

As I write this, I think I figured it out. You vae to enable an option in the layer pallete's fly-out menu called "Paste Remembered layers." Once that's checked off, if I follow your isntructions for placing the layers as subkayers of Layer 1, then it works if I select layer 1, hit Copy, and then go into the other doc and hit paste.

But there has to be an easier way (or I think there has to be one, anyway).

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calamitychaos
Re: Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Feb 25, 2006 at 1:15:57 am

Sorry I should have been clearer:

[calamitychaos] " Drag this into your target doc"

With Layer 1 selected (so you see the bounding box and all your layers selected), hover your mouse over your document and you should see the cursor change to a triangle. Outside the bounding box the cursor should be an arrow and inside the bounding box a triangle. Click and drag the document into your other document.
Re-reading my answer implies to drag the radio button from the layer palette into the new doc---my fault!

Just a note---I tend to collect the layers into a single layer before drag/drop just to keep things organized but it's not necessary...

I'm by no means an AI expert, I normally just use AI to convert a doc to a legacy version for 3D, and everything else I've learned more or less by accident!

Hope this works for you.


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Aharon Rabinowitz
Re: Copying layers from one AI Doc to Another
on Mar 1, 2006 at 2:11:28 pm

Thanks! That did it.

Much appreciated.

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