When I am in isolation mode in Illustrator, and I save the file, it exits isolation mode. This can be a pain when I am within a group within a group within a group (three or four groups deep). The Adobe help article on the topic does not include saving in the list of ways to exit isolation mode:

Exit isolation mode

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Press Esc.
    • Click the Exit Isolation Mode button one or more times (if you’ve isolated a sublayer, one click takes you back a level, two clicks exits isolation mode).
    • Click anywhere in the isolation mode bar.
    • Click the Exit Isolation Mode button in the Control panel.
    • Using the Selection tool, double-click outside of the isolated group.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) and choose Exit Isolation Mode.

On the top left here, you can see how I am currently in a group within a group. Clicking save will completely exit me out of isolation mode.


How can I prevent this behavior?

  • If you save an Illustrator file while staying in isolation mode and then close it, next time you open the file will be in isolation mode. I think this is a kind of problematic behavior. Anyway, what do you mean with three or four layers down? Maybe a screen capture of your file and layers could help to find an alternative.
    – user120647
    Aug 10, 2018 at 15:11
  • @Danielillo imgur.com/HkRKMZ9, on the top left you can see that I am in a group within a group. Sometimes there can be 3 or 4 groups, one within the other. Right now, if I save the file, it exits isolation mode. Aug 10, 2018 at 15:20
  • Saving will exit "isolation editing modes" including Pattern editing, Symbol editing abd the Isolation mode. There is no way to prevent this.
    – LeoNas
    Aug 10, 2018 at 16:14

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As far as I know, you can't. That's just how Illustrator works. Sorry for the short answer, but that's all I have to say.

  • I am accepting this because it is correct for now; however, I have been told by an Adobe Community Professional that this is a bug and that it should be filed with Adobe. If the bug is resolved I'll post an answer here. Aug 15, 2018 at 21:31
  • @MichaelKolber I can't recall a time when Illustrator worked differently. Keep us posted, but I doubt Adobe will fix this one.
    – Luciano
    Aug 16, 2018 at 8:24

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