Every time I try to create a new layer in Illustrator the new layer appears below the old layer instead of the other way round. I want to know why and how I can fix this.

  • How are you creating a new layer? Possible you are only making a sublayer?
    – Welz
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 0:44
  • Do you actually mean Layers? As in "Layer 1", "Layer 2", etc. Or do you mean objects as in <path>, <path>, <group>? By default AI creates new layers at the top of the layer stack, just like Photoshop.
    – Scott
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 2:16

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You may be creating sublayers.

New Sublayer button

In Photoshop, to create a layer below.. you Ctrl click on the new layer button

Ctrl+Click new layer in PS

In Illustrator it is Ctrl+Alt click.

Ctrl+Alt+Click in Ai

Any of these could be possible, depends how you are creating your layer.

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