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Chapter 2. Selections and Shapes > Using the Direct Selection tool

Using the Direct Selection tool

1.
With the same file open, L2strt_01.ai switch to the Direct Selection tool (). Again, don’t click, but move the mouse over the different points on the stars with the Direct Selection tool. When the Direct Selection tool is over an anchor point of an unselected or selected path or object, it has a hollow square next to it. Click on the top point of the first star and drag the anchor point. Note that only the point you dragged is solid, representing that it is selected, while the other points in the star are hollow and not selected.

Only the point that is selected is solid.

2.
With the Direct Selection tool still active, click and drag down the individual point. This allows you to edit the shape of an object. Try clicking on other points, and notice that the initial point is then deselected and you can edit other points individually.

3.
Revert to Saved by choosing the F12 key or File > Revert. In the Revert dialog box, click Revert.

Note

Using the Shift key, you can select multiple points to move them together.



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