Chapter 2

Using the Selection Tools


check Knowing the anchor points, bounding boxes, and selection tools

check Working with a selection

check Grouping and ungrouping selections

check Constraining movement and cloning objects

If someone has been coaching you in using Adobe Illustrator, you may have heard the old line “You have to select it to affect it,” meaning that if you want to apply a change to an object in Illustrator, you must have that object selected or no change will occur. Although making selections may sound simple, it can become tricky when you’re working on complicated artwork. This chapter shows you the tools that will help save you editing time when working in Adobe Illustrator.

Getting to Know the Selection Tools

In the following sections, you take a quick tour of anchor points (integral to the world of selections), the bounding box, and, of course, the selection tools. (Yes, Illustrator has several selection tools.)

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