All layers melts into layer when opening a AI file in Inkscape

Asked by Jon on 2017-09-17


I have several designs created in Adobe Illustrator by a friend.

I don't have a license for Illustrator. So want to work with the designs in Inkscape, but in Inkscape all the layers melts into one layer.

I need all the layers from Illustrator to work in Inkscape. Do anyone know how to fix this?

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

Can you check if the layers have perhaps been converted to groups?
Then it would be possible to fix this.

(SVG doesn't have a concept of layers, btw. - Inkscape only adds

inkscape:groupmode: layer

to the group's properties. Then they act as a layer inside Inkscape.)

You can add this to any group you like in Inkscape, too:

1. Open XML editor.
2. Select a group that you want to convert to a layer.
3. In the top text entry field, type:


4. and in the bottom text entry field, type:


5. Then click on set.

Should appear now in the layers dialog.

TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #2

The objects panel can also convert groups to layers, by clicking on the layer/group icons.

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #3

Right, forgot about that new option! Find it in 'Object' -> 'Objects...'.

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