"Lock all Other Layers" option or layer isolation mode


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    It might be nice to have an option to double click on a layer and in the layer panel, a lock option was there to ""lock all other layers". An easy way to isolate a certain layer and make edits without affecting the others. There could also be two other options available "lock all below" and "lock all above".
    An alternative that might be better, that I just thought of, would be isolation mode for an entire layer. Much like isolation mode currently isolates an object in a layer, what about an option to only deal with one layer?
    I bring this up because somehow a multi part vector group was no longer grouped and I would need to lock all the layers above and below so I could grab just the stuff on that layer and group it quickly.



  • @Boldline How about…

    • Shift- or Option-clicking the 'padlock' button would lock all the other layers;
    • Shift- or Option-clicking the 'eye' button would hide all the other layers.

    Both these actions would isolate the layer that remains unlocked or visible, since you can't select objects on locked or hidden layers.

    And Shift- or Option-clicking the 'padlock' or 'eye' button of the remaining layer should unlock or unhide all the other layers.

    The more difficult part is locking or hiding all layers above or below. Do you usually deal with many layers?


  • Global Moderator

    @b77 those are good suggestions! I'm all for keeping it easy.
    I'm most interested in being able to quickly access one layer only - that was why I was thinking about the isolation of a layer. I could see both layer isolation and lock all other layers both being good additions for different reasons.
    if the other layers get locked - and then unlocked later, I'd think there'd have to be an option to only unlock what was previously unlocked



  • You're right, for special cases where you want some layers to stay locked even after "reverse" Shift-click it's difficult to have an elegant solution. Are you thinking about a special 'Isolate' button or command?

    If those layers are one under the other, it's not that difficult to click-and-drag vertically over the 'lock' or 'eye' buttons to lock or hide them back again.

    Anyway, I can't think of a faster way to isolate a layer than Shift-clicking its 'eye' or 'lock' button.

    ……………………………………………

    I guess 'Lock All Layers Above / Below' and 'Hide All Layers Above / Below' could be added as options in the Layers panel menu.


  • Global Moderator

    @b77 said in "Lock all Other Layers" option or layer isolation mode:

    Anyway, I can't think of a faster way to isolate a layer than Shift-clicking its 'eye' or 'lock' button.

    That might be the best solution. I like your idea


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    @Boldline Isolating a layer is possible in the Layers panel: select the layer and select "Enter Isolation Mode" from the panel menu.

    @b77 I will add the lock/hide clicks to the backlog, but there is one problem to sort out: what happens if there are some layers / objects that have been locked or hidden before. When Shift+unlocking the layer, these otherwise locked objects or layers will be unlocked.

    There is one feature request already in the backlog, an option (for example in layers panel) that would allow selection in highlighted layers only. Somewhat similar to isolation mode, without the dimming. Would make it behave like Graphics app.



  • @vectoradmin said in "Lock all Other Layers" option or layer isolation mode:

    There is one feature request already in the backlog, an option (for example in layers panel) that would allow selection in highlighted layers only. Somewhat similar to isolation mode, without the dimming. Would make it behave like Graphic app.

    Yes, if the app can have that option (by default or not), and with Cmd-click selecting anything on any unlocked layer, it would be awesome.



  • @vectoradmin said in "Lock all Other Layers" option or layer isolation mode:

    @b77 I will add the lock/hide clicks to the backlog, but there is one problem to sort out: what happens if there are some layers / objects that have been locked or hidden before. When Shift+unlocking the layer, these otherwise locked objects or layers will be unlocked.

    Yes, I get that. Well… at least if the locked layers are also hidden, when they get unlocked along with the others, they stay hidden.