- Understanding Vector and Raster Graphics
- Understanding Paths
- Selecting a Drawing Mode
- Creating Pixel Aligned Objects
- Creating Rectangles and Ellipses
- Creating Polygons and Stars
- Creating Line Segments
- Creating Arcs and Spirals
- Creating Grids
- Using the Shape Builder Tool
- Creating Perspective Objects
- Working with Perspective Objects
- Customizing a Perspective Grid
- Understanding Selections
- Using the Selection Tool
- Using the Direct Selection Tool
- Using the Lasso Tool
- Using the Magic Wand Tool
- Selecting and Grouping Objects
- Selecting Similar Objects
- Saving and Editing Selections
- Moving Objects
- Duplicating Objects
- Aligning and Distributing Objects
- Transforming Objects
- Using the Free Transform Tool
- Rotating and Scaling Objects
- Reflecting and Shearing Objects
- Applying Multiple Transformations
- Reshaping Objects with Envelopes
- Using the Transform Panel
Using the Direct Selection Tool
With the Direct Selection tool, you can select individual points and segments of a path. After you select one or more individual points and segments, you can add or subtract items to/from the selection. In addition, you can also use the Direct Selection tool and drag a marquee to select parts of the path or drag over a portion of it to create a selection rectangle.
Select Anchor Points and Segments with the Direct Selection Tool
Click the Direct Selection tool on the Tools panel.
The pointer becomes an arrow.
Position the arrow on the edge of the path and click to select a segment, and then click an anchor point to select it.
- You can also select an anchor point directly. Pass the pointer over a path, point to an anchor point and then click it.
- You can also drag a marquee across all or part of the object to select the entire path.
To add or subtract anchor points or segments from the selection, hold down the Shift key, and then click unselected items to add them or selected items to subtract them from the selection.