Alternatively, press "Ctrl" and "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document from the drop-down menu. For more details on opening a new document in Adobe Illustrator, please view our other tutorials.
To add a new layer, click the "Create New Layer" icon
The icon is a square with a folded corner. The icon is at the bottom of the "Layers" panel. This creates a new layer, "Layer 2", which you can see above the existing "Layer 1". It is differentiated from "Layer 1" by the red line. "Layer 2" is currently highlighted, which means that we are working with this layer. Even though we are working with "Layer 2", we can still see our background layer.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to create a new layer on Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or queries regarding this tutorial, just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!