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Hour 2. Drawing and Painting Original Ar... > Task: Use the Arrow Tool to Select a...

Task: Use the Arrow Tool to Select and Modify Shapes

In this task you explore how the Arrow tool's cursor changes to inform you what will happen when you click. Here are the steps:

Select the Oval tool but before you draw, select a very thick stroke height (5 or so) in the Properties panel. Then use the Oval tool to draw a circle and the Rectangle tool to draw a square.

Select the Arrow tool. Move the cursor to the middle of your square. The cursor changes to include the “move” symbol, indicating that if you were to click and drag, you would start moving this fill (see Figure 2.18).

Figure 2.18. The Arrow tool's cursor changes when on top of a fill to indicate that a click will start to move the fill.

Click and drag, and you'll see that, indeed, only the fill of the square moves. Select Edit, Undo (Ctrl+Z) to restore the fill. Also, make sure nothing's selected (just click the white area of the Stage or press Esc).

Now move the cursor near the outside edge of the square. The cursor adds a curved tail, as shown in Figure 2.19. Now if you click and drag, you'll bend the line. Go ahead and click and drag to the left, and you'll see that the line portion of the square bends. Notice that the fill bends with the line. (For this effect, remember to click and drag—don't just click and then click and drag.)

Figure 2.19. When the cursor is near a line, it changes to indicate that a click will start to bend the line.

Make sure nothing's selected and move the cursor near another corner of the square. You'll see a corner shape added to the cursor, which means that if you drag, you'll be moving the corner point (see Figure 2.20). Try it. It's like you're bending the line, but instead you're just moving the corner.

Figure 2.20. When the Arrow tool is near a corner, it shows yet another cursor, this time indicating that you can extend the corner.

You've seen the cursor communicate what will happen when you click and drag. Now you'll use the Arrow tool to simply select something. For instance, select just the line portion of the circle by clicking it. It doesn't matter what the cursor changes to; it's telling you what will happen if you click and drag. Just click the line to select it.

With the circle's stroke selected, you'll notice that the cursor adds the “move” symbol (when you're near the selected line). Click and drag now, and you can move the circle's stroke. You can also just press Delete to remove the line portion. Do so now.

Deselect everything (by clicking a blank area on screen or pressing Esc) and try selecting the square's stroke. If you just single-click one side, you'll just select that side. However, when you double-click the stroke portion, you'll select the entire stroke. At this point, you could move or delete the stroke. Just leave it for now.

Now select the entire square. You have several ways to do this. If you click the fill, you'll select just the fill. If you click the stroke, you'll select just one side. If you double-click the stroke, you'll only select the stroke portion. However, try to double-click the fill of the square. You'll find that the entire square is selected. Now you can move or delete the square.

Another way to select the square is to marquee it. With the Arrow tool still selected, click outside the square and drag until you you've drawn an imaginary rectangle surrounding the square entirely. When you let go, the square becomes selected.

Sometimes the arrangement of other shapes onscreen makes the marquee technique difficult or impossible. Notice in Figure 2.21 that you can't marquee just the square without selecting part of the circle. In this case, you could simply double-click the fill of the square. However, there's another tool you can use to do this: the Lasso tool.

Figure 2.21. Sometimes using the marquee technique will select more than what you want.

Select the Lasso tool and then click and drag around a shape to select it. The Polygon Mode option for the Lasso tool makes the tool act almost like the Pen tool. Select the Polygon Mode option, as shown in Figure 2.22, and click and let go. Then click and release in a new location to extend the selection. Continue to extend the selection and then double-click when you're done. (In this case, double-clicking the fill would have probably been easier, but often when selecting several objects, you'll need to use this method.)

Figure 2.22. The Polygon Mode option for the Lasso tool lets you click for each corner of the selection you want to make.

Finally, you can decide to select just a portion of a shape. Suppose you want to chop off the top of the circle. You can use either the Lasso tool or the marquee technique with the Arrow tool to select the portion desired (see Figure 2.23).

Figure 2.23. Using the Arrow tool to marquee just part of a shape chops off the top of the circle in this case.



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