You could use the release to layers command in the Layers Panel flyout menu.
You might have to ungroup and selec all the components in the layers panel.
Usually used for making a flash animation but no reason it will not work for your purposes.
I will investigate that right now!
If it works for you and it should then come back and let us know if you had to do anything special.
Hello WadeIt has not quite worked as I wanted.All the separate bits of the drawing (which hopefully is attached) like buttons and other distinct bits were succesfully released to layers, but in this case I particularly wanted the soldier's bearskin on a layer so that I can later position a rifle over his left shoulder, which requires the upper part of a rifle to be behind the left part of the bearskin. If the bearskin was on it;s own layer I could achieve thatm but the bearskin did not seem to release as a separate item - it stays connected to the soldier's body.I hope that makes sense.I might have to draw and scan the drawing in bits.
RegardsPeter de Wit