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Advanced object hierarchy

  • Create arbitrary layer and object hierarchy.
  • Assign names to layers and objects, and use these in various contexts (see symbols and object references).
  • Add multiple fill and stroke styles to a single object.
  • Assign transparency masks to objects or whole layers.
  • Create clones of objects and modify or remove attributes of clones.
  • Select the master object of cloned objects.
  • Select cloned properties of object clones.
  • Assign roles to objects and layers, to reuse these as attributes (color, outline, transparency masks, patterns, symbols).

Object and layer options

  • Clip layers into arbitrary shapes.
  • Lock or unlock, show or hide objects and layers.
  • Reference any layer or object as a symbol.
  • Place objects on any of the multiple canvases of a document.
  • Assign color indicators to layers (used in the Layers panel and in outline preview).
  • Use object or layer content as guideline shapes.
  • Convert layers or objects to images.
  • Create adjustment layers or objects using image filters.
  • Setup adjustment filters on any object, to apply image effects to the object backdrop, masked using the object shape and content.
  • Clip groups by assigning a shape to a group.

Extended Layers panel

  • Manage the object and layer hierarchy in the Layers panel.
  • Select the locking and visibility options for multiple objects.
  • Add image effects to selected objects in the Layers panel.
  • Access advanced layer and object editing commands from the Layers panel menu.
  • Customize Layers panel options using the Panel Options command from the menu of the Layers panel.
  • Open multiple Layers panels, pinned to specific document, canvas, layer, or object content.
  • Copy or move content between multiple documents, or different parts of the same document, using multiple opened Layers panels.
  • Show larger preview of an object or layer, by double click or long press on the object icon.
  • Rename multiple objects or layers, by selecting them in the Layers panel, and pasting the names from the clipboard.

Appearance panel

  • Use the Appearance panel to create, edit or remove fill and stroke styles of an object.
  • Show and adjust styles for multiple selected objects.
  • Add new shape or image effects to the selected object, or to a stroke or fill style only.
  • Drag and drop object fill and stroke styles to change their relative order.
  • Edit the fill and stroke attributes of the selected objects.
  • Access style editing commands from the Appearance panel menu.
  • Apply color adjustment filters on the selected objects.

Find and replace objects, text and styles

  • Use the Find / Replace tool to search, select and change objects or text by content or by attributes.
  • Search for objects by their name, assigned selection marker, role, or reference.
  • Search based on attributes using the More options of the Find / Replace panel.
  • Search for object and text using multiple conditions.
  • Search based on object fill or stroke properties.
  • Replace found objects with symbols (reference objects).
  • Automatically apply changes to found objects, setting their fill or stroke styles, or applying shape or image effects.

Advanced object handling

  • Assign names to multiple selected objects automatically.
  • Assign 9-slice scaling options to symbols for better scaling control.
  • Expand selected symbol references into local objects.
  • Override styles in selected symbol references.
  • Expand groups of boolean shape combinations.
  • Expand linked content into imported objects (AI, PSD, PDF, PS, EPS, SVG or other files can be linked into a document).
  • Expand object outline stroke (including dashes, stripes, variable width profiles) into editable shapes.
  • Search and replace referenced symbols.
  • Create cap shape, arrow, corner shape, artistic brush, pattern brush, scatter brush, tiling pattern or symbol from selected objects.