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michael becke
illustrator - moving multiple paths into new layers
on Jul 13, 2006 at 4:06:39 pm

Hi,
I have a group with about 800 paths inside.
I need each path on it's own layer, but the only way I know how to do this is to make new layers and drag the paths into the new layers.
Seeing as this is going to take 800 x "creating new layers" and 800 x "move path into new layer", you can see why I would be looking for something a little quicker. ;)

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Michael


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Mike Gondek
Re: illustrator - moving multiple paths into new layers
on Jul 14, 2006 at 9:32:23 pm

You are going to be one very happy person.

With your 800 items selected, go to the layers palette flyout menu and choose >> Release To Layers Sequence. You will get a layer for each path element. Your 800 layers may all be nested within the 1 original layer, but you can flip the layer triangle in the layers palette and drag all the layers at once to the top level if needed.


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Brandon Setter
Re: illustrator - moving multiple paths into new layers
on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:43:03 pm

This just saved me from manually moving 2085 paths to new layers! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I owe you like 3 hours of my life :)


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Tim Boknecht
Re: illustrator - moving multiple paths into new layers
on Dec 10, 2013 at 8:06:55 pm

Sounds great, but I've tried this multiple times now within both Illustrator CC & CS5. Select all the layers, choose Release to Layers (Sequence) from the fly out window...nothing happens.

Tim Boknecht
Media Producer
Bravo Productions


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Tim Boknecht
Re: illustrator - moving multiple paths into new layers
on Dec 10, 2013 at 8:25:29 pm

Ok, figured it out. The trick is to click on the layer or group NAME in the layers window, then select Release to Layers (Sequence) from the fly out.

Tim Boknecht
Media Producer
Bravo Productions


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