The Magic of Copy-Paste: Extension-Paste in Layers

Hello, I am back from my vacation. My plan was to write a post about Appearance palette, but it will wait a little bit.

But for now, I want to make a little extension to my theme about Copy-Paste. By coincidence I was lucky to discover some new feature. And I want to write about it today.
In my previous post I wrote about the difference about Copy-Paste and  Duplicate Artboards. Well..I was not completely accurate there.
Last week I actually discovered, that you can Paste your artwork in layers and I am totally excited about it. I can say: never stop learning. This trick is very simple, but it will make your life much easier.

All you need to do is:

  • Go to Layers Palette
  • From drop down menu in the upper left corner set a checkmark in the Paste Remembers Layers

If this is set, Illustrator will keep the layers, when you paste your artwork the three different methods, I described in the previous post

Ctrl/Cmd+F-Paste in Front
Ctrl/Cmd+B-Paste in Back
Ctrl/Cmd+Alt+Shift+V-Paste in all artboards


Illustrator will keep this option in the settings, so you will have it even after you will reopen you program.


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My name is Katja Bjerrum and I love to eliminate boring routine tasks in Adobe Illustrator. I work with scripts, actions and other tricks in Adobe Illustrator to streamline work processes.

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