I was trying to draw behind many shapes but I couldn't tell where I was drawing because of many lines highlighting. But I need those shapes to draw correctly just not their stroke lines highlighting. Usually a problem when adjusting curved or making anchor point using pen tool.

How do I lock objects in Illustrator to keep this from happening?


Yes, in the layers panel, there is a little checkbox next to every object and layer.


Layers Panel icons as KMSTR points out.

But there's also....
Object > Lock > Selection (Command/CTRL+2)
Object > Lock > All Artwork Above
Object > Lock > Other Layers

And there's a hidden shortcut Command/CTRL+Option/Alt+Shift+2 to "lock others". This command will lock anything NOT selected.

  • Aweesommee!!!!!! – Muhammad Umer Feb 3 '13 at 0:07
  • DUDE! You are an Illustrator GOD. – Lauren-Clear-Monica-Ipsum Feb 3 '13 at 16:26
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    :) @LaurenIpsum works with 3 to "Hide Others" as well :) – Scott Feb 4 '13 at 0:02

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