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Using isolation mode

From: Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

Video: Using isolation mode

When you're dealing with artwork that's been grouped together, you may find the need to go in and edit individual components of a group. If that's the case, you're going to have to utilize something called isolation mode in order to get in and work with those individual pieces of artwork. In this movie, I'll explore isolation mode and how it can help you get control of those individual components. The first thing I'm going to do is zoom in on a piece of artwork. So I'll grab the Zoom tool and go right here on this little icon. I'll grab my Selection tool and click on it.

Using isolation mode

When you're dealing with artwork that's been grouped together, you may find the need to go in and edit individual components of a group. If that's the case, you're going to have to utilize something called isolation mode in order to get in and work with those individual pieces of artwork. In this movie, I'll explore isolation mode and how it can help you get control of those individual components. The first thing I'm going to do is zoom in on a piece of artwork. So I'll grab the Zoom tool and go right here on this little icon. I'll grab my Selection tool and click on it.

As you can see, all of these different objects are grouped together. As a matter of fact, I can go up to the Object menu and I could ungroup them if I wanted to, but I want them to remain one single object. However, I need to get in and change just a few things. For instance, I might want to change the brush tip or maybe some of the paint splatters that are out here. But how I do that? They're all grouped together. Well you can utilize isolation mode to get in and work with these individual pieces. In order to enter isolation mode, it's actually pretty simple. You simply double-click anywhere on the artwork.

Once you do that, you're going to notice that everything else on the canvas goes gray. Notice over here, it grays this out, as well as all these other icons. Now they were gray before, but they're a little lighter gray now. If you're working on a colored piece of artwork, you would see everything would gray out. You'll also notice once you enter isolation mode that you get this little strip going across the top, indicating that you're now working inside of this group. You can also see that you're on this layer and you can return out of isolation mode by clicking this little arrow here.

As you go deeper down the rabbit hole of isolation mode, you'll see breadcrumb links here at the top. You can actually go from group to group to group within isolation mode without ever having to exit. And then finally, click the little arrow to get out. You can also exit isolation mode by double-clicking outside of the objects that you're working on. When I double-click, see how that highlighted back to normal and the strip went away across the top. That means I've exited isolation mode and I can now click on this and it's one solid group again. Let's jump right back into isolation mode and see exactly how to use it.

I'll double-click to enter isolation mode, and now you can see I get control over this item, this item, as well as this. Now what if I wanted to change something like the brush tips? Well I'll come here and I'll double-click this piece of artwork. It jumps me into the isolation mode for this piece of artwork. See how everything else kind of fades out to the background and this actually comes to the foreground even though it lies behind the paints? Now I have control over this and all of the little individual objects that go with it.

So if I want to change the brush tip, I select it, I'll come over and make sure I'm working on the fill color, and then let's say I wanted to change that to black. Change it, and there we go. If I want to back out of this isolation mode, I simply come up here and I'll select the parent group. That brings me back out. Then I can select this, double-click, and now I can change this brush tip, just like so. And again, I can go back to the breadcrumb links and go back to the containing group.

Now let's click on this, let's double -click, and now I have control over each individual paint. If I run into another group, I can enter isolation mode for that as well by double-clicking. Then let's say I wanted to change the yellow color. I can change that to maybe a brighter shade of yellow. The red; I want that to be a little bit more bright red. The blue; let's make that a little bit more blue, and I'll just go down the line in making all these different changes.

Now if I need to get back out to change these, remember, I just use my breadcrumbs and I can change these. If I need to get inside of the group again, double-click, make the change, and then again, use my breadcrumb links to step my way back out. If I want to exit isolation mode completely, I'll just step back out using the arrows or I could have double- clicked out there to the side. Now I'll zoom back out. So as you can see, this still maintains its grouping. I can still move and rotate and scale it all as one object.

But anytime I need to get in and edit an individual piece of it, I utilize isolation mode. So the next time you're working on a piece of artwork that's grouped together, don't ungroup it for the sake of ungrouping it. Just jump into the isolation mode, make your changes, and jump right back out. It's a great way to make sure that you maintain the structure of your document and also maintain full control.

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

116 video lessons · 71228 viewers

Justin Seeley
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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