I have created a rectangle shape inside which i have created several other shapes. I want to select one of these shapes, but as soon as I start drawing a marquee around this shape the rectangle moves and i am not able to select the object inside the rectangle.

  • When you say "inside", are these shapes actually inside (as in using the draw inside mode) or are they just on top of the rectangle? – Cai Jul 4 '16 at 19:09

There are several ways around it.

1) Inside layers panel, create new layer on top of the layer with your rectangle (which is going to be a backgdound, I presume) and then lock the layer containing the rectangle you wish to "avoid".

2) While your rectangle is selected press Ctrl + 2 (not F2, but number 2) this will "lock" anything you have selected currently and thus you won't be able to manipulate those objects. To "unlock" use combination of of Ctrl + Alt + 2.

Hope this helps!

  • Hi, Basically I want to transfer all the content inside the rectangle to another layer so that i am rid of the rectangle and can select individual objects – SANJISH Jul 5 '16 at 2:56
  • Use layers panel, click in it's down-right corner to create a new layer and then drag all the objects you wish to transfer onto the new layer. Or just delete the rectangle that's causing you trouble. – Whytek Jul 5 '16 at 6:18
  • Just deleting the rectangle did the trick . Many thanks – SANJISH Jul 5 '16 at 12:32

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