Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Isolating shapes, part of Learning Illustrator CS6.
There are times when you're working with artwork in groups that you need to get into individual elements within the group. For example, here you'll see I have this woman's head all on a single layer. And actually trying to isolate elements by going into the group in the layers panel is quite tedious and difficult to do. So instead of doing that, what you can do is you can isolate that element and make it easier to work with and select within. So, if I right-click and select Isolate Selected Group, you'll see it dulls down everything else so I can only select the elements within this group. And now, I can go and select individual elements without the whole group being selected.
Now, I could even select the lips and decide that I want to isolate them. So, I can isolate them and just play around with those without worrying about accidentally selecting anything else funny to make changes to them. You can also isolate by double-clicking. Now, if we want to get out of Isolation Mode, we can click on the Back One Level button. And you'll see that we're in a path that is within a group that was within the Head layer. And at the moment, in the Layers panel, we can only see that path. As we hit the Back Arrow, you'll notice it starts showing us the group, and then the head within the context of the whole character.
Now, if I wanted to say, change the color of the earrings, what I could do is double-click that, and that brings me into Isolation Mode. Now I can select both of the earrings. It could change to the color, and then jump back out of Isolation Mode by hitting the Escape key until I'm back to my artwork. So, if you ever want to work on one element, you can isolate it either by right-clicking or just double-clicking on the element. And keep double-clicking 'til the element is isolated. And then, you have access to controls over just one element. It's a really nice way of working.
You do have to be careful by the way, because you'll notice there that the holes of the glasses. And the frame of the glasses are kind of as individual shapes within that group. So, it will allow you to also change the holes of things. If I deselect that, I'm going to select that and then go in and select that hole. You'll notice I can adjust the size and shape of it and make the rim thicker. So, there we go. A little bit about Isolation Mode, how it can be used to edit your image more easily, particularly when working with complex groups.
- Setting up a new document
- Navigating within the workspace
- Understanding layers and objects
- Creating images from shapes
- Applying color
- Using the Appearance panel
- Creating shapes with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
- Working with the Pen and Pencil tools
- Tweaking, exporting, and saving artwork