I have two illustrator projects that represent a warehouse floor layout. Both projects have the same layers (same names, same color).

One project is the entire floor layout on one artboard and the other project has 8 artboards that I've used to break things apart to make viewing easier.

I have a lot of updates from the single artboard project that I want to move over, but every time I do this all of the objects end up on the same layer. It just puts them all on the currently selected layer of the project I am copying to. I've tried keyboard copy shortcut for this as well as floating my other project on another monitor and doing a alt+click to clone. End result is the same, all objects in one layer.

Is it possible for me to copy between projects and have my objects stay on the proper layer?

2 Answers 2


In the Layer Panel menu, choose Paste Remembers Layers. Then when you copy/paste between files, the layers will remain in tact.

Menu for Layers Panel

  • Would this be the same for copying layers between Indesign and Illustrator?
    – user53558
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 9:54
  • Please @Brynn, where do you get this menu? Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 12:24
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    @Luc-Olivier it is the menu on the Layers Panel.
    – Scott
    Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 14:10

This is for modern Illustrator:

Edit -> Paste in place

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    That only preserves position, not layer structure. You need to check the option mentioned in the other answer to do that.
    – Cai
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 20:19

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