For my presentation in class tomorrow, I have to be able to show each individual layer of my vector portrait to show midtones, highlights, shadows, etc. How can I keep my layers separate when I save my picture? Everytime I save it, when I reopen it, the layers are merged into one layer. Any ideas?
I have to be able to show each individual layer of my vector portrait to show midtones, highlights, shadows, etc.
Unless the assignment dictates a very particular drawing style, it sounds to me like you and/or your instructor are suffering under the too-common misconception that different colors need to reside on separate layers. Why do you (or your instructor) think that the highlights, midtones, and shadows of a portrait must reside on three separate Layers? By constraining yourself that way, you are obviating one of the most basic and useful aspects of vector drawing programs: the use of stacking order to achieve needed shapes. If I were drawing a portrait, objects colored with highlight, shadow, and midtone (and/or combinations thereof) would be intermingled in the stacking order.
In case this is just for the prupose of demonstrating your technique, you could save each of the tone ranges as a selection.
So when you're asked to demonstrate how you built it you can easily hide all the other objects.
Understand. But I still smell the misconception rat (blind leading the blind).
As you know, it's exceedingly common for shaded artwork to involve grads and blends which transition from midtone to shade, midtone to highlight, etc., etc. You can't separate those as saved selections according to highlight, midtone, shadow.
And we've seen countless instances in this forum of beginners thinking that Layers have to correspond to colors. In my experience, instructors are just as often beginners as are their students, and suffer under the same misconceptions.
As usual, example of the artwork needs to be shown, or a better description of the problem needs to be clarified.