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Is it possible to copy groups/paths from one layer and paste to other multiple layers?

Jul 5, 2013 1:43 PM

Note Layer > Duplicate will not work in this regard, because I want to copy one group of paths/elements from one layer to other existing layers, not to a new layer.

 

I have not found a command for this, nor have I found any scripts. Note I'm using CS3 but have been thinking about an upgrade.

 

Thanks in advance.

 
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    Jul 5, 2013 2:03 PM   in reply to gregc207

    Greg,

     

    You mean apart from normal Copy and Paste (in Front/whatever), selecting the Group/selection from the layers palette or the Artboard?

     
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    Jul 5, 2013 2:17 PM   in reply to gregc207

    If I understand what you're asking, you can option drag the circle, in the layers panel, from one layer to another, this will copy-in-place the current selection, to the target layer.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 4.16.55 PM.png

    Sorry if I miss understood your question.

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 3:35 AM   in reply to gregc207

    You probably want Cmd/Ctrl+F.

    Go to another layer and Paste in Front.

    If nothing is selected, the stuff you paste will be topmost in the stack.

    If you select something, the stuff you paste will be on top of (in front of) the selection.

     

    Do not check Paste Remembers Layers for operations like this.

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 11:20 AM   in reply to gregc207

    I realize you've already created your layers, but if you had created a layer containing a symbol for the background, then duplicated the layer in the layer panel, each layer would share the same background and you could globally update the background by editing the symbol.

     

    I think the simpliest way to duplicate an object onto multiple layers is to option /control drag the object in the layer panel. This eliminates several steps required by copy and paste. As for a one-step solutions, I'm not aware of one.

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 11:50 AM   in reply to gregc207

    FWIW… This does not directly address your question, but "Paste to all Artboards" will paste the clipboard item to multiple artboards at once.

     

    http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/8258/creating-a-maste r-artboard

     

    You can then use Layer flyout> "Release to Layer (Sequence)" to convert them to layers. Of course, you can use align tools to bring them all into alignment on one artboard. Still not what you're asking for, but very interesting.

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 1:05 PM   in reply to gregc207

    Adobe has squeezed out the competition and this is the result.

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 2:19 PM   in reply to gregc207

    is it something like this?

     

    //  copySelectionToAllLayers.jsx;   // carlos canto // 07/06/13
    //  http://forums.adobe.com/message/5481849?tstart=0#5481849
     
     
    #target Illustrator
     
     
    var idoc = app.activeDocument;
    selec = idoc.selection;
    if (selec.length>0) {
      
              var layers = idoc.layers;
        var layercount = layers.length;
              for (j=0; j<selec.length; j++) {
            var obj = selec[j];
            for(i=0; i<layercount; i++) {
                var ilayer = layers[i];
                var sel = obj.duplicate(ilayer,ElementPlacement.PLACEATEND)
            }
            obj.remove();
              } 
    }
    else {
              alert("select something before running");
    }
    
     
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    Jul 6, 2013 2:29 PM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    I am deeply disappointed – Carlos – that this script does not contain the script elegance marker anymore.

     

    But the script itself does work well in AI CS 5 ;-)

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 2:33 PM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    Thank you, Carlos, for sharing your talent!

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 2:43 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    sorry about that Kurt, my now classic elegance disclaimer will be back next time

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 2:45 PM   in reply to rcraighead

    you're welcome rcraighead

     
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