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Stop objects from moving when you click on them in Adobe Illustrator

Posted on 2014-03-29
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To clarify my question. As a screen printer I print each layer separately, and later all objects must be perfectly aligned. If anything moved without my knowledge I would have a very poor quality print. Many times I would click on a part of a graphic and it would move slightly and I would have to go back and hit undo move. Is there a way to lock and unlock all objects on a drawing so they don't move?
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by:Dan Craciun
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Yup.
Next to the eye on the layer's palette you have an empty space. Click on it and a lock will appear.
Now that layer is locked and you cannot select/move objects in it.

PS: you can use this to lock objects too. Just click on the empty space next to the eye on the corresponding line.

In the image, Layer 2 is completely locked, while on layer 1 only the star is locked.

lock objects in illustrator
HTH,
Dan
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by:jampost
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Thank you,
 
  I assume there is no way that in my case I can work freely changing the colors of objects with out having concerns about the objects slightly moving when I click on them? What you gave me is good to know and I do appreciate it.
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by:jampost
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I guess what I need is to lock movement, but still be able to do other editing.
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Dan Craciun earned 500 total points
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If you don't mind learning 2 shortcuts...

1. select all objects, then press Ctrl+2. This will lock all selected objects.
2. press Ctrl+Alt+2. This will unlock all objects

So, in your case, select all, shift+click the object you want to edit, press Ctrl+2, change the color.
Ctrl+Alt+2, shift+click the object again, shift+click the next object, Ctrl+2.

Rinse, repeat.

This way, you only shift+click on objects, so you can't accidentally move them.
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by:jampost
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Thank you.  The last one nailed it.
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by:Dan Craciun
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Glad I could help!
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