Lock,hide or deactivate artboards
An option to lock, hide or deactivate one or several artboards would improve working with multiple versions of graphics - especially when you you need to return to an earlier ittaration.
When saving to AI-file you have to erase the artbord (with the graphics floating in space) to get rid of the page.
Aaron Langer commented
Is hiding the same as transparent. I'm trying to get my art board to be transparent.
Evan Fotis commented
Many times I have a general artboard and many artboards inside the boundaries of the general one.
Useful for exporting segments, zooming, duplicating etc.
Very often I want to align an object to the center of the artboard. That is when I realized that the artboard I was working on has been desected (by Ai) and insted the general artboard is now active. Objects align to irrelevant places, I have to go in the artboards panel relesect the one I want, repeat etc. It just causes problems and waist of time. So pleas add a lock for artboards.
VERY MUCH NEEDED.
Locking artboards especially....The "Lock" command is completely blind.
It is very useful when needing to select upper objects without disturbing art below (when zoomed in!)
But when you add elements to the array of objects that are currently locked, you must Unlock ALL to get just one element unlocked.
Often, that unlocks elements WAY over on other artboards that are out of sight.
Locking all artboards other than the active one would be immensely helpful.
While we're at it, I've always wanted some kind of Lock Highlight feature:
Much like editing a Group after double-click (which grays out all other artboard objects while you edit only that grouped object), I'd like to be able to see a grayed out preview of all the locked objects.
With a keyboard shortcut (e.g. Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Click), you could Unlock individual elements, then exit Lock Highlight mode and keep working.
That would keep you from needing to go back around and relock other elements you didn't want to disturb.
Yes, I know you could do this with Layers!
But there are definitely times when you don't need 100 layers to make typical corporate graphics instead of detailed illustrations. You just want to work quickly with some basics (like Background, Images, Text layers...and done.)
If every element in the Illustrator file format is tracked internally with unique IDs, and they all have characteristics including Artboard, then why can't it be relatively easy to filter and lock objects by Artboard like you can now by Layer? Shouldn't be a gigantic programming challenge...
Yes, yes and, er, yes..
This request is still important Adobe!
(I'm assured by a software programmer that the code tweak would be minimal!)
Why? A designer's eye needs to temporarily swtich off and on an alternative design to be able to intuitively see things that are not immediately apparent just by having them lined up above / below / left / right of each other.
Some may say, hey, use layers / contact sheets. This misses the point of intuitive design.
elise björner commented
Adam Sandfoehr commented
Mainly here because I want a hide artboards function.
Maybe that way I could link guides to individual artboards and hide them all with one option (without effecting guides on other artboards)
I agree! It would be useful!
I agree, it would be extremely helpful to add the ability to hide, lock, or deactivate Artboards in AI. I work in a custom paint production facility, and this would be extremely helpful to us in showing Clients their Paint Mockups versus our versions of it without having to create separate files.
I second the motion (or is it 6th it?)
Would be great to see some firecracker of a CEO who focuses strongly on just bug crushing, etc for a few years.
Imagine all the long-standing legacy stuff we might get resolved! :)
Please add this!
Jim McIlwaine commented
Please ADD the ability to Hide/d'activate artboards!
100% with you
W G commented
100% agree with this comment! Would be nice to be able to see a clean working space with one or two artboards "active" while hiding others that are not currently in use.
Amanda Wright commented
Yeah I would really like the ability to hide the art boards I am not currently working on like you can hide layers in Photoshop.