Isolation Mode in Adobe Illustrator is frequently used to edit specific items within groups or sub-layers. When you are working in isolation mode, all that isn’t selected will fade out to help you concentrate. It’s likely that you no longer require isolation mode but are unsure of how to exit it.
If you want to exit isolation mode and return to the full design, simply click the “Exit Isolation Mode” button in the Layers panel or use the keyboard shortcut “Shift + Ctrl + Alt + I.” This will bring back all of the other objects in the design and allow you to continue working on the full design.
Keep reading as we describe these steps in more detail below.
What is Isolation Mode in Illustrator?
Isolation Mode in Adobe Illustrator is a tool that allows users to focus on a single layer or group of layers within a document without being distracted by the other content in the document. This can be especially useful when working on complex documents with many layers, as it allows users to easily make changes to a specific layer without affecting the other layers.
While in isolation mode, users can change the isolated layer or group just as they would normally. This includes adding or deleting objects, changing the appearance of the objects, or rearranging the objects within the layer or group.
One of the main benefits of isolation mode is that it allows users to make changes to a specific layer or group without affecting the rest of the document. For example, if a user wants to make changes to a layer that contains a complex illustration. In that case, they can enter isolation mode and make the changes without accidentally modifying other document layers.
How to Isolate Objects in Illustrator
To use isolation mode in Illustrator, follow the steps in this section.
Make a Selection
- Open your design in Illustrator and select the object or group of objects you want to isolate.
- You can do this by clicking on the object with the Selection tool (black arrow), or by using the Lasso tool to draw a selection around multiple objects.
- Once you have selected the object or group of objects, go to the Layers panel on the right-hand side of the screen.
Isolate Selected Object Button
- In the Layers panel, look for the “Isolate Selected Object” button at the bottom of the panel.
- This button will be labeled with a small arrow pointing to the right, and it will be disabled (grayed out) if you do not have any objects selected.
- Click on the “Isolate Selected Object” button to enter isolation mode.
- This will hide all other objects in the design and display a bar at the top of the screen, indicating that you are in isolation mode.
- Make any changes to the isolated object or group of objects as needed.
- You can use any of the tools and commands available in Illustrator to modify the isolated objects, such as moving, resizing, rotating, or changing their color or appearance.
How to Get Out of Isolation Mode in Illustrator
If you are currently in isolation mode in Adobe Illustrator and want to exit back to the full design, there are a few different options available to you.
For more information on how to exit isolation mode in Illustrator, watch this video below:
Exit Isolation Mode
- One way to exit isolation mode is to use the “Exit Isolation Mode” button in the Layers panel.
- To do this, simply click on the “Layers” panel on the right-hand side of the Illustrator window and then look for the “Exit Isolation Mode” button at the bottom of the panel. This button will be labeled with a small arrow pointing to the left, and it will be disabled (grayed out) if you are not currently in isolation mode.
- To exit isolation mode, simply click on this button, and all of the objects in your design will be revealed again.
- Another way to exit isolation mode is to use the keyboard shortcut “Shift + Ctrl + Alt + I”.
- This shortcut will work regardless of which panel or tool you are currently using, so you can use it to quickly exit isolation mode no matter what you are working on.
- If you are having trouble finding the “Exit Isolation Mode” button or the keyboard shortcut is not working for some reason, you can also exit isolation mode by clicking on the bar at the top of the screen that indicates you are in isolation mode.
- This bar will be labeled with the word “Isolation” and will have an arrow pointing to the left.
- To exit isolation mode, simply click on this bar, and all of the objects in your design will be revealed again.
And you’re finished! You may now apply these methods in your next projects knowing how to enter and leave Illustrator’s isolation mode. We hope the instructions in this tutorial proved helpful!