Illustrator - Select more than one layer at once
Okay if you have more than one layer...let's say 50 and I need to select 20 of them. Why can't someone select them with a single click instead of selecting every single layer? With shift selected I can mark more than one but they aren't selected. Same thing for sublayers and so on.
We will be planning for this story soon.
This would be a VERY useful feature and it should be trivially easy to implement. That said, there is a workaround. First, unlock everything. Second, highlight the items you want to select in the Layers Panel. Third, use the Layers Panel menu to choose "Options for selection...." When that menu pops up, click the Lock box. You now have locked all the highlighted objects. Fourth, use Object/.Unlock All. That not only unlocks all the objects that were locked -- it also selects them.
Unfortunately, the Options for selection... cannot be put in an action (either by recording or by inserting a menu item) so there's no way to fully automate the steps. You can, however, create an action that does the Unlock All followed by other things (e.g. "Group" to put all the highlighted items into a group).
Has it been fixed yet? How about now?
Zachary A Tucker commented
It's been almost a year now. Is this what "soon" means in Adobe's standards?
Having layers in folders, as you can in Photoshop and Indesign too please!
Jeff D commented
This is incredibly annoying.
Seems a little ridiculous this isn't available. There is a little box that the circle resides in to select the object and the layer. I'm no coder but I'm not paying enough to where if I click the circle and shift click another circle it can't select the layers and objects of those two and all in-between? I recognize there are other ways like moving the sub-layers to a new layer but this can really save me time including the time I've lost typing this message.
Yes this would be useful. It is something that you can do with Corel draw. I often find that I have files to deal with that contain many hundreds or even thousands if items on a layer, and before you can group them or move them to separate layers you need effective ways of selecting large numbers of them without having to click on each individual item one by one in the layers panel.
It is especially annoying when you are working with things like DWG objects or, for example, an inherited file from another designer with a million tiny (ungrouped) lines representing parking spaces.
We have the ability to click on one layer, hold shift and click on another layer to select all the layers in between. Just like in Photoshop and After Effects. What we need is the ability to do that to select not layers, but the objects themselves. Like clicking on the bullseye next to the layer to select the object, then Shift-Clicking on another object in order to select all of the layers in between.
I know this can easily be solved by just grouping those objects together and just selecting the group but sometimes I might not need the entire groups objects selected.
This is a feature that's sorely needed. In an earlier version of Illustrator (about 10 years ago?) , there was a way to select multiple (contiguous) layers in the Layers panel. I believe it was ALT/OPT and drag through the layer names.
Markus Steinschaden commented
Oh my.... Really!??! I can't believe THE USER VOICES are heard!!!! :D Dear Yogesh thank you very much!!!!
Сергей Радцевич commented
and select property for layers in scripting
This and selecting multiple objects in Layer panel could use some general improvements.