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There's a function hidden away in Illustrator that I actually use often.  It's "Paste Remembers Layers."  This is a frequent scenario I encounter: usually I work in separate documents in order to create a finished piece.  Lots of layers.  Then I paste what I've done into the one "Master" piece.  I'd like to retain the layers I created.  Is this functionality in the software and I'm missing it?  Or perhaps slated for a future version?  Thanks!

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3 minutes ago, ggatlanta said:

I too work this way. Is there an easy way to copy/paste to a new document and retain layers? Retaining layers is vital to me. Can this be done?

It happens automatically. If it's not working for you, we'll need more details on exactly what you're doing.

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Thanks Walt, I figured it out 5 minutes after posting my query. I was selecting the individual paths, then copy/paste. What I should have done is highlight all the layers (in the Layers panel), then copy/paste. Works perfectly!

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