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When Grouping Isn't Protection Enough

Grouping helps to protect the relative placement of objects, but it doesn't get objects out of your way when you're trying to edit a complex illustration. Nor does it protect your artwork from the unpredictable motor skills of less adept artists who may come after you.

For those of us who feel that you can just never have enough ways of defending your work—from yourself or from anyone else—Illustrator provides a laundry list of protection alternatives. You can lock objects, preventing you or anyone else from accidentally selecting and altering them. You can temporarily hide an object if it impairs your view of other objects. And you can relegate entire collections of objects to independent layers, which you can in turn lock and hide as you choose.


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