Never heard of ignore effscts for this.
Couple way to solve this
- CMD Click on the already selected top element, to select the element underneath.
- You may have used the visiblilty eyeball in the appearance pallette to temporarily hide the drop shadow
- You can use CMD 3 to hide selected top elements, make the change you need, then Opt CMD 3 to unhide
For #1 to work, don't click too fast, or else your clicks will register as a double click rather than a 2nd clikc (depending on what you have set in you Keyboard preferences).
I mention #3 cause this is a very useful tool for cleaning up and grouping complex documents, when you want to select multiple elements.
I actually knew about the CMD click to select elements underneath, but had forgotten about it! Suggestion no.3 is new to me, so thanks for that.
I perhaps dreamt about the option in 'Preferences' for Illustrator to ignore effects when selecting with the cursor - I was sure I'd done it in CS4. Oh well.
You may be thinking of Edit>Preferences>Selection & Anchor Display>Object Selection By Path Only.
You're right JET - that was probably what I was thinking of. But enabling that option is more of a pain than it's worth, as I rarely select elements by clicking the outline path. Oh well....
...enabling that option is [often] more of a pain than it's worth...
Illustrator's worst-of-class selection interface is one of its most fundamental problems. It affects everything.
similar to the Cmd+Click option to select hidden objects, you could hit
Ctrl+Alt+[ to select Next Object Below
Ctrl+Alt+] to select Next Object Above
select the top object first.
Cmd+Y to turn off the preview.
Select or Edit.
Cmd+Y to turn the preview on again.