I often have to modify pdf files and show them in stages. Like this:
I'm currently doing it by separating each part of the plot into layers and then hiding some of them, and exporting them to as image files. Is there a more convenient way to do this? I don't want to duplicate objects into different layers because if further along I want to make changes, I'd have to them on every layer.
A simpler way to do it would be to make one in an artboard, shift+o to switch to the artboard tool, then alt drag to create a copy of that artboard. Repeat for as many repetitions of that graph that you need, alter as needed, then click into individual artboards and you can export them as individual files.