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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.
We've spent a lot of time in this chapter going through various ways to view and navigate your artwork. In this movie, I'll cover the other side of the equation a little bit by showing you how to hide your artwork so that you can access various overlapping elements or simply see something that might be lurking behind it. And I'll also show you how to lock your artwork to prevent any unnecessary edits or accidental deletions. So first things first, let's take a look at how to hide various parts of our artwork. The first thing I need to do is find a piece of artwork that I need to hide.
So for instance, I might want to hide this area here, this black background area here. If I want to hide that to see what's underneath it, I can simply go to the Object menu, choose Hide and choose Selection. When I do that, it automatically hides that particular object on my artboard. You'll also notice in the Layers panel that there's not a little eyeball next to that part of the layer. That's because essentially what I've done through a menu command is come down here to the Layers panel and tap the little eyeball icon. You could come down here and do this in the Layers panel yourself if you wanted to as well, no big deal.
This allows me to see what's behind this, so I can actually see this painted background here. If I want to bring it back, I can go to Object, I can go down to Show All, and it comes right back. Unfortunately, you don't get granular control when it comes to showing artwork that you've hidden. It's an all or nothing kind of thing. But in this case, I only hide one item so showing it all again, no big deal. Now let's say, for instance, that I didn't want to be able to edit the stuff in the background; either the painted background or this black background here. I can simply lock that artwork and make it un-editable.
There are two ways to do that, the first of which is really easy and it comes from the Layers panel. Let me bring out the Layers panel so you can see it. Inside of the Layers panel, you'll notice I have the Background layer here. If I want to lock the artwork on the Background layer, I can simply come right next to it and put a lock next to it. Once I do that, two locks appear underneath it, indicating the sublayers have been locked as well. Now when I come out here, notice I cannot click to select it, I can't move it, I can't do anything to it, but everything on top of it remains completely editable.
If I want to unlock it, I can click this lock icon here and it unlocks the artwork, making it easily selectable again, where I can move it and manipulate it again. However, if I wanted to do this via a command from the menu, or let's say I didn't want lock the whole layer, I can just select the object, in this case, the black background, choose Object > Lock, and then I could choose Selection. You could also hit the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+2 or Command+2, that's going to instantly lock whatever you have selected. Once I do that, I can't click on the background, but I can select the object behind it, this painted background here so you'll notice when I click, I can drag it to move it out of the way.
So undo that, let's say I wanted to lock this piece as well. I'll hit Ctrl+2 on my keyboard or Command+2 on the Mac. Now when I try to click it, not possible. Now what if I wanted to unlock the artwork? I can go to Object > Unlock All, or on my keyboard, press Alt+Ctrl+2, or on a Mac, it'll be Option+Command+2. If I click that, the artwork is now fully editable again and I can click on each individual piece.
Locking and hiding artwork is a great way to get access to hidden pieces in your project and also to prevent it from being modified or destroyed by pesky coworkers. Remember though, when you're sharing artwork with somebody, especially a commercial printer or a web developer who isn't familiar with the artwork you're sending them, be sure to either unlock the artwork or inform them that you have locked pieces in your composition. If you don't, this could cause some serious headaches for both you and them down the road.
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