CreativePro Tip of the Week: Decoding Illustrator’s Target Icons

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You can tell a lot about an item in Illustrator from its target icon in the Layers panel. The target icon is the circular icon that appears to the right of an item in the panel.

illustrator layers panel target icons

• A single empty circle means the item is not targeted and has no appearance attributes beyond a single fill and a single stroke.
• A double empty circle means the item is not targeted and has no appearance attributes beyond a single fill and a single stroke.
• A single shaded circle means the item is targeted and has no appearance attributes beyond a single fill and a single stroke
• A double shaded circle means the item is targeted and has appearance attributes

illustrator layers panel target icons

Also note that you can shift-click target icons to select multiple items, which can be easier than selecting them on the artboard in some cases.

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of InDesignSecrets.com, InDesign Magazine, and CreativePro.com. He is also the author of several lynda.com video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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