Disable smart guides to some specific object/layer
After using Illustrator for quite some time, I found there has one function I need the most.
Which is to disable smart guides to some specific object/layer.
Smart guides are amazing but I found that they won't work well if I had a crazy vector texture background.
When I try to align to the main object I am working on, it will just try to align to background vector textures. Which is not ideal.
So I have been thinking, could there have a feature, that disables smart guides to some specific object/layer, like we can lock anything that we want?
Might be we could add a "disable smart alignment" option here?
Henry Griin commented
We have the option to hide layers or objects that we don't want to smart align or snap to, but sometimes this is too much of a slow down, switching them on and off and on and so on.
It's just a first world problem, but user comfort is never unimportant. The use case is clear for me as well, just like the original poster. I want to see other objects so that I have visual context. But at the same time, I want to snap alignments to only certain objects, not everything visible.
Maybe this can be solved with 'multiple selected objects isolation mode'. This would need to make possible a selection of objects to add to isolation mode that is not limited to a group. Something similar is possible in After Effects with an extension like Mograph Motion. It is possible in AE because there, each layer has a separate switch for 'visible' and 'solo'. Therefore I guess Illustrator would need a similar approach for more isolation control.
I love this idea.
When working with a complex illustration, the usefulness of smart guides gets reduced to nil because of the sporadic seemingly random snapping to anything except for the point of focus, There is no proximity snapping in Illustrator it seems like (and there was a request about that, I guess...) — so yeah, we need to tame smart guides.
Affinity Designer tries to solve this with its 'Snapping candidates':
Not an ideal solution, Ai should do better.
In Illustrator, we have these two requests:
Smart Guides limited to current artboard
Option for Smart guides to ignore objects outside isolation
Combined with this one it can be a much better combo.