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Illustrator: All objects in same layer (or in sublayers)


Question

I need sometimes re-edit Illustrator files made by somebody else and i have noticed that all objects are in same layer and it's sublayers. Elements might be also combined with each others (texts are combined with background images for instance).

What is the purpose of this, how it is made and can elements "restored" back to original state (text is not combined with other elements)?

2012/11/21
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11/21/2012 5:38:00 PM

Are you trying to say that text has been flattened onto the image or they are in the same layer/group?

The arrangement of layers is certainly a subjective thing. There is no functional concern outside of the special case of groups (which also relates to clipping masks).

Appearance settings (effects and the like) can also be applied at the group or layer level. When reorganizing things you have to watch for those little shaded circles in the layers panel.

2012/11/21
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11/21/2012 9:11:00 PM