I find that often I will duplicate a set of objects or paths then send them to a new layer. However, in the drop-down menu and the layer menu for the selection, there are only options to move the selection up/down a layer or to an already existing layer. I can't just go create a new layer because then my selection is deselected. So currently, I have to anticipate that I will be needing a new layer (sometimes several operations ahead of time - because some chains of operations require that I don't lose my selection) and create it ahead of time. Is there a way to send a selection to a new layer?


What just worked for me was to cut the selection (CTRL-X), create a new layer, and paste the selection into the new layer. I agree that a "new layer from selection" command would be nice.

  • This is also the way I do this operation Nov 3 '16 at 15:47
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    When pasting the selection to the new layer, we can use Ctrl+Alt+V to paste in place. Nov 6 '16 at 6:25
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    You save my life by Ctrl+Alt+V. Thx!
    – WesternGun
    May 6 '17 at 19:45

Aside from the keyboard shortcut, there are a couple of other options: 1) Select object -> Layer Menu -> Move Selection to Layer 2) Select object -> Right Click -> Move to Layer

I found that paste in place converted vector objects to bitmaps.


Hope this will help -

Create your layers, then select the object you want to move to another layer and shift+PageUp (to move 1 layer up) or shift+PageDown (to move 1 layer down)

  • I can tell you didn't read my post. I explicitly mentioned that I already knew about the ability to move up/down a layer.
    – alphaOri
    Jan 28 '16 at 0:14
  • Sorry for that, I will do research and will let you know. Jan 29 '16 at 7:20
  • might as well delete this answer if you're still around...
    – Luciano
    Jul 18 '18 at 8:21

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