Selecting Objects

To edit an object, it has to be distinguished from other objects. You can distinguish objects by using the Selection and Direct Selection tool from the Tools panel.
Selection tool
The (basic) Selection tool always selects an entire object.
  • Selects all objects that are within the selection frame or are clicked.
  • In combination with the Shift key, it allows to select multiple objects.
  • In combination with the ALT key (Windows) or Option key (MacOS), it allows to select an object only when it is entirely within the selection frame.
  • In combination with the ALT key (Windows) or Option key (MacOS) and Shift key, it includes the whole object if entirely within the selection frame.
Tip: Even while using a different tool from the Tools panel, you can quickly select or deselect objects by pressing the CTRL key (Windows) or Command key (MacOS).
Tip: When you double-click an object while using the Selection tool, the tool automatically switches to the tool that created the object (for example rectangle, multigon, etc.)
Direct Selection tool
The Direct Selection tool selects individual points and segments of a path.
  • Selects all points that are within the selection frame or are clicked. If an object is partially within the selection frame, only those points that are within the selection frame will be selected.
  • Selects a whole object by dragging it within the selection frame (same behavior as the Selection tool), or selects the fill of an object.
  • In combination with the Shift key, it allows to select multiple points.
  • In combination with the CTRL key (Windows) or Command key (MacOS), it allows clicking an entire object and selects the whole vector element. If just one point is dragged within the selection frame, all other points will be selected, too.
  • In combination with the ALT key (Windows) or Option key (MacOS), it allows to select one path from a compound.
  • In combination with the Shift key and the ALT key (Windows) or Option key (MacOS), it includes all points of an object by just selecting one point.
  • By selecting a point that defines a bezier, it allows to adjust the bezier handle.
Select All / Invert selection
  • To select all objects in a file, choose Edit > Select All.
  • To select all objects that are currently not selected, choose Edit > Invert Selection.
Updated on March 12, 2019

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