CreativePro Tip of the Week: Locking Objects in Illustrator

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When you have a complex Illustrator document with lots of overlapping objects, it can be tricky to select the exact subset of objects you want to manipulate (even if you’re diligent about organizing content with layers). Sometimes the fastest solution is to simply lock the objects you don’t want to select. You can lock selected objects by pressing the keyboard shortcut Command+2 on the Mac or Ctrl+2 on Windows.

The Lock Selection command is found in the Object menu, where you can also find commands for locking all artwork above a selection, and all artwork on other layers.


To then unlock all objects in the document, press Command+Option+2 on the Mac or Ctrl+ALT+2 on Windows.

Posted on: February 20, 2017

Mike Rankin

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

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