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If you’ve used Adobe illustrator for any amount of time, you know that you can view artwork in either Preview mode (where you see all strokes, fills, effects, etc)
or Outline mode (where you see just vector paths).
And you probably know the keyboard shortcut for toggling between modes, Command+Y (Mac) or Ctrl+Y (Windows). But you might not know that Illustrator also offers the flexibility to see individual layers, or just placed artwork in Preview mode, as well as the ability to see artwork in both modes simultaneously.
To see a single layer in Preview or Outline mode, hold the Command key (Mac) or Ctrl key (Windows) and click the layer’s eye icon in the Layers panel.
To see placed images in Outline mode, choose File > Document Setup, and select the option to Show Images In Outline Mode.
To view artwork in Preview mode and Outline mode simultaneously, choose Window > New Window, and arrange the windows so you can see both with the controls in the Application Bar.
Or view the artwork in Outline mode and open the Navigator panel, where artwork is always shown in Preview mode.
Note that there is a default preference in the Navigator panel menu where dashed lines are displayed as solid lines, but you can turn this off if seeing the dashes is important to you.Tags