I just downloaded a Ai file from Creative Banner. I needed to use one of their banner templates to help design a curved banner for our client. I noticed on the Design Area/Bleed Area layer that every time I make a new path or object that it doesn't create a new sublayer. All objects or paths stay on that one layer. I can select the objects separately by clicking on them on the art board, but I cannot select them separately in the layers panel.

I can create a new sublayer by clicking on the icon in the layers panel, but otherwise Illustrator puts each new item on the same layer. If you look at the sublayer I created, Layer 8, both object 1 and object 2 and text are all on the same layer. I find this annoying since I'm used to using the layers panel to see the order of my paths/objects, or to select them without trying to find them on the art board.

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Can someone help me figure out how to get it back to the default of making a new sublayer for each new path?



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    – Vincent
    May 12 '15 at 7:57

In the Layers Panel Menu, under Panel Options..., make certain Show Layers Only is not checked.

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