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I wanted to use cross-selection on the artboard. So if I am on the artboard with let's say 2 groups on top of eachother. Now I want to use the cross selection to select elements from 1 group only. If they don't overlap, you can select with CTRL+drag select. But if the groups overlap, you will select elements from both groups.

If I could freeze everything on the canvas EXCEPT the elements of 1 group, I can select and edit safely inside that group without touching anything outside of the group.

The layers panel won't work with many elements in a group or elements that are not listed together (many, times CTRL+click)

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Select the group from which you don't want to select any object. Hide the group. That is, uncheck the group in the layer panel. After that, you can only select on screen what is visible.

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13 hours ago, gdenby said:

Select the group from which you don't want to select any object. Hide the group.

Or lock it.

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  • 2 years later...

All of these responses are tedious workarounds...

• Lock all siblings

• Hide all siblings

•.Hunt and peck what you need in the layer panel (often a very long list with tiny near-contextless thumbnails)

As mentioned in the original question, there should be some way to isolate a group for editing. (Maybe there is?)

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42 minutes ago, Zambetti said:

As mentioned in the original question, there should be some way to isolate a group for editing. (Maybe there is?)

Only work around I have come up with (I use this occasionally) is to select the group, copy and make a new document from the clipboard. Do my editing there and copy all and return, delete the group and paste the edited group.

Sadly this is good only in theory, practice shows up a lot of problems.

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