Greyed out artwork Illustrator

New Here ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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Hi There, happening often, not sure why.

Almost like isolated artwork but as seen in the screen shot am not in that mode.

So far I found it takes one active layer and divide's in two layers. Locks the artwork not being worked on and you have to go to this "new layer" and unlock all. After this the other artwork is accessble but is still dimmed out. The transparency is 100% and the dim option in the layers is not activated. Believe this is a glitche that happens randomly in isolation mode but how I am suppose to get all the artwork to show up normally - have no idea. Any help is appreciated, will be reinstalling the program to see if it fixes this. why every release is the last 2 years comes with these ODD time consuming glitches should be addressed???

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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If I'm understanding your question correctly along with your screenshot, it looks like you've gone into Isolation Mode. If you double-click an an object within a group OR a group within a group, you enter Isolation Mode, which is designed to allow easier selection and changes within groups.

To get out of Isolation Mode, simply double click outside your group and everything will look and feel normal again. 

And you're right, for anyone who does not know about Isolation Mode, the results of double clicking on part of a group are quite bizarre and bug-like. But it's not a bug, it's a feature.

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Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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Thank you Jeff for taking the time to help. It looked like isolation mode but could not escape it. This happens in the first release of V25, at random. What illustrator was doing is when working in multiple layers and isolation mode entered, it created another layer with all other artwork and when the arrow to expand the layer components was pressed, it had locked all the components and put a transparency on. This is how the artwork stayed after isolation mode was disengaged. To salvage the artwork, had to merge layers - unlock all components, select all, copy and paste into a new layer. Then select all artwork and put the transparency back to 100%. Had to recreate the layers I had previously before with the appropriate artwork in each one. Do believe it is a glitch and it happens randomly not every time in isolation mode with more than one layer. So far is has happened 3 times ( different files) since the update. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the program as well. 

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Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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Can you refer to the topic here and see if Kurt Gold's steps match the bug you are experiencing?

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/isolating-a-mesh-gradient-makes-all-artboards-have-low-op...

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