I see that others have more options for the Layers Panel, such as the ability to change color.

My layers panel Options for Selected contains only:

Lock. Hide.

How do I restore the correct functionality?

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    Hi and welcome to GD.SE. Could you maybe show a screenshot of other people having this functionality? Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 15:19
  • Not entirely sure what you mean, but could it be that your colour-space is set to grayscale?
    – benteh
    Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 15:25
  • I mean the ability to assign colors to layers. Layer properties-> as I recall contains "Template" "Opacity" "Color" etc. But this contains only 'Show' and 'Lock" so something is wrong there.
    – Edward
    Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 15:37
  • You'll want to open the layer's options, select 'Options for "~YOURLAYER"...' and choose the color there. That is, in CS6.
    – Vincent
    Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 15:53
  • I have discovered that these options appear only for proper Layers, and not for any sub-layers. To get the color coding you must reorganize your document differently.
    – Edward
    Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 19:19

1 Answer 1


Illustrator's Layers Panel name is a bit misleading. It's really a Layers and Object panel - it shows layers, sublayers, and can also show all objects within a layer (if the panel options are set accordingly). The options available depend greatly upon what you have highlighted in the panel when choosing the options.

For example:

If you have an object highlighted, in this case a Path
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Note the menu reads Options for "<Path>"...

You get this dialog showing a name, show, and lock options.

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However, if you highlight the Layer rather than the object
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Note the menu reads Options for "Layer 1".

You get the layer options with color and other possible settings.

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It would seem you are choosing options when you have an object highlighted rather than a layer.

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