How to Merge Layers in Illustrator

Merge in just a few clicks!
Ash Ash (354)
1 minute

If you've got multiple layers to manage in Adobe Illustrator, you may want to combine a few. Merging layers in Illustrator is similar to the process used in Photoshop but with tools placed in slightly different locations.

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Select Layers Illustrator

Identify which layers you want to merge and select them from the layer window. To choose multiple layers at once, hold Ctrl and left click on the layer you want to be merged.

Illustrator Settings Menu

Right-clicking won't open the options menu we need as it does in Photoshop. With Illustrator, instead, click on the menu icon in the upper-right corner of the Layers window box.

Illustrator Merge Layers

Choose Merge Selected from the list. Any selected layers will be combined into one.

If you want to undo merge, you have to act fast. The more actions you take like drawing lines, moving layers, etc will add to the edit history of your document. You can only undo recently made changes.

User Ctrl + Z to undo the merge.

There's more than one way to draw a cat.
Ash Ash (354)

Drawing in Illustrator is a broad concept. There are so many tools available that you can use to create graphics, the best we can do is recommend a few basic ones to help you get started.