Prevent illustrator from selecting an object by clicking on its shadow
Currently Illustrator will select an object if you click on its shadow. It's quite annoying wanting to select an object affected by another object's shadow, and ending up selecting the object casting the shadow instead.
100% this. Took me a while to even figure out what was happening, as I couldn't see that I was clicking on a drop shadow – I was just like 'why am I selecting that object over there, when I'm literally 30px away?! WTF'. So, yes please to making this a preference!
Miles Stevens commented
Yes this is utterly dumb. Probably one of the top Illustrator behaviors that I'm prepared to be downright mean about, which is not a normal thing for me. I'm a very nice person. But I can't think of an instance where I've thought "oh, thank goodness, I can select this object by it's shadow/glow/whatever!"
Jeff D commented
+1 - The current function has never been helpful to me, only annoying.
You had me at hello!
Would love that!
Tired of forever fighting over object selection in detailed files. Gets to a point where too many layers just works against you. Forever of/on process. Advanced selection preferences would make such a difference to speed of work.
Transparency in raster images is completely other thing and I afraid would be much harder.
But if yes, let's go further:
'Selection raster alpha tolerance slider'
Background sometimes is not exactly transparent, so 5% (or 13 units for 0-255 range if RGB), for example, would be enough to eleminate 'almost transparent as well'.
Often I use .psd files embedded for tracing and adding textures. This also eliminate the same problem encountered with transparencies and scans. Excellent suggestion!
I would say 'Select ignores raster effects' would be better.
Select tool selects object's shadows instead of just the object shape. This is hugely aggravating when working on highly detailed illustrations utilising multiple objects and layers with shadows.
Only other option is set preferences to "select by path only". Again on detailed illustrations, this is a much more fiddler and annoying option. Especially. when trying to click on individual paths where there's many paths overlapping.
It would make life so much easier if there was also preference option for "select ignores shadows".
That's right - it can get fairly complex and un-predictable. An appearance (effect) overlapping the basic fill / stroke can come in the way. And some appearances like dashed-lines, inside-stroke, variable-width, etc. get applied from outside of the Effects menu.
No, selecting object by path' only is not 'the same as 'click-through raster effects'.
Make at least option 'don't select by external appearance', please. I would prefer even more complex way, by separating raster and vector effects to be sensitive for clicking, but this will get things to complicated, I afraid.
There is a setting in that may help in case of large glow/shadows. Preferences > Selection & Anchor Display > Object Selection by Path Only.
Enabling this option will disable clicks on appearances (fill/strokes/effects) from selecting the object. Only paths can be used for selection.
I agree that this needs to be implemented as a preference to turn it on and off.
I like the option.. maybe just set it as a preference to turn it on and off
Andrew B commented
This is super annoying, and inconsistent with InDesign.
Felix Terpstra commented
Yep this is very annoying, especially with larger shadows. The same issue occurs with glow effects. Have recorded this for clarity: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uxo4o5bp9ee55vb/ai-glow-select.mov?dl=0