Layers in Adobe Illustrator work like folders for the design. You can reuse layers over and over again. The ability to hide any design can be achieved using layers since we can show and hide layers. We can also lock the layer if we want. By default, our design is in one layer. Additional layers can be created and the design can be shifted among them. By using the Layer panel, we can delete our designs or move them from one layer to another. By creating several layers, we can organize our assets. Every Adobe Illustrator user must know how layers work.
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Create a New layer in Illustrator – Video Tutorial
You can also watch the below video tutorial to learn how to create a new layer in Adobe Illustrator.
In this lesson we will give you detailed information on how you can create a new layer using Adobe Illustrator:
To add a new layer click on the Create New Layer option in Illustrator.
Following are the detailed steps to create a new layer.
After launching Adobe Illustrator, we can see the layers panel on the right side.
Click on it and then the layers panel will open.
If the layers panel is not available we can also go to the “Window” menu and select “Layers” or press “F7” from the keyboard.”
In the layers panel, we can hide the layer by Toggling the visibility. As we click on the little eye icon all the designs on the artboard will be hidden.
We can also go to Outline mode by “Ctrl+Click” on the visibility option.
The layers panel also shows, how many layers are created within the artboard.
Layers and their assets can also be exported by the “Export” option.
Layers and their sublayers can also be created by the layer panel.
A layer can be deleted after selecting it from the layer panel and clicking on the “Delete Selection” button.
A layer can be edited by double-clicking on the layer. (But if we click on by default name, we can see the option to edit the name of a layer only). We can change the name of any layer in this panel.
We can choose any color from the drop-down list of many colors.
Here lock option is also available, we can check it if we want to lock our layer.
Click on OK to save all the changes or click on “Cancel” if we don’t want any changes for the selected layer.
You have learned to create a new layer in Adobe Illustrator.
In this tutorial, you have learned to create a new layer in Adobe Illustrator. You can create multiple layers to organize your work.
Have More Questions?
If you have any questions related to creating a new layer then ask in the comment section below. We have also answered some most frequently asked questions below.
Create a New Layer in the Illustrator Shortcut
If we don’t want to use the long process of creating a layer, we can also use the short key to create a layer in Adobe Illustrator. Press “Ctrl+L” from the keyboard. It will create a new layer.
(New layers will be created whether we have opened the control panel or not).
How to Add an Image to a Layer in Illustrator
Select the layer where we want to place our image by clicking on the layer from the “Layers” panel.
(We can open the “Layer” panel by pressing “F7” from our keyboard or by going to the “Window” menu from the top menu bar, and selecting “layer”)
Drag the image from the location to Adobe Illustrator or Go to the “File” menu, from the drop-down list select “Place” or simply press “Shift+Ctrl+P”, from the “Place” window select the image and press “Place”.
The image will be added to the selected layer.
How to Add Layers Panel in Illustrator
If we want to add a Layers panel in Adobe Illustrator, follow the given steps:
Go to the “Window” menu that is located in the top menu bar. After Clicking on it we will see a list with different options. Simply go down and select “Layers”.
If we do not want to follow the above procedure we can also press “F7” from our keyboard to have quick access to the “Layers” panel.
After this, the “Layer” panel will appear.
(We can move our layer panel to any place where we are comfortable using it. )
How to Arrange Layers in Illustrator
In Adobe Illustrator, we can also arrange layers according to our needs and choice. Simply open the layer panel and select a layer.
Drag the layer where we want to arrange it. As we drag the layer we will see a line appear below the original layer. Simply release the mouse button.
In this way, we can arrange all layers in Adobe Illustrator one by one according to the need.
What is the Benefit of Having Layers in Illustrator
Layers allow users to handle all of the elements that comprise the artwork. layers are like folders with our created design. When we reorganize the folders, the order of the objects in the design changes. All objects are arranged in a single, parent layer by default. It is possible to build new layers and move objects into them at any time, as well as move pieces between layers.
How to Break an Image into Layers in Illustrator
Select any object and “Cut” it by pressing “Ctrl+X” from the keyboard or go to the “Edit” menu that is located in the top menu bar, and select “Cut”.
Go to the “Layers” panel and select the other layer where we want to place the object of any image, Paste it by pressing “Ctrl+V” or go to the “Edit” menu and select “Paste”.
In this way, We can break an image into multiple layers in Adobe Illustrator.
All Done! Enjoy.