What is the most efficient way to have separate layers for each individual artboard in a single Ai document?

I have one document open with three artboards and I want each artboard to have its own separate layers.

Should I just create separate layers for each artboard in the layers panel, i.e

  • Artboard 1 Layer 1
  • Artboard 1 layer 2
  • Artboard 2 Layer 1

…or is there a more sane way to go about this?

Each layer is named the name of the artboard, but if I have multiple layers in one artboard – this won’t work:

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In Adobe Illustrator you cannot bind Layers to specific Artboard. You should manualy select some layer first before drawing something on specific artboard. To select specific layer you should open Layer Panel and manually select this layer. To simplify this annoying switching between layers, you can do the following:

  • Create new ai document.
  • Create e.g. 3 Artboards and 3 Layers, suppose we want bind Layer1 to Artboard1 etc.
  • Open Layer Panel (F7) and select Layer1
  • Select Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a rectangle1 over Artboard1 with the same size and position as Artboard layout.
  • repeat previous step for Layer2-Artboard2 and Layer3-Artboard3.
    Now we have one rectangle on each layer. Next time you want draw something in e.g. Layer1-Artboard1, just select corresponding rectangle first (use Selection Tool (V) for this no need to open Layer Panel), this will cause the Layer1 on which the rectangle is located to be selected and the subsequent drawing will take place on this layer.

You can save this layout as a template (File->Save As Template) and then create new document with this layouts (File->New From Template)

Source : Link , Question Author : fishyourlove , Answer Author : emax

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