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Different Tools to Get the Job Done
We will take a look at the different tools and methods available for making selections (Selection Tool, Direct Selection Tool, Magic Wand, and Lasso Tool).
When to use
Any time you need to select an object or group of objects in Illustrator you will need to use one of the four main selection tools.
- Begin by opening the 'Selection Tools - Exercise.ai' file.
- Create several squares by pressing the 'M' key or selecting the Rectangle Tool from the Toolbar and then holding the Shift Key to drag out a square.
- Fill a few of the squares with a solid black fill and no stroke, and create a few others with the default colors (white fill with a black stroke).
- Try to move some of the squares around using the Selection Tool (V).
- Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to grab a point on any of the squares to move it around and change the shape.
- Grab the Lasso Tool (Q) to try and click and drag around some of the shapes without selecting others to get a feel for the tool.
- Use the Wand Tool (Y) to click on any of your black squares and notice how using this tool will select all of the other shapes filled with the same color.
Hints & tips
- It's important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each of the selections tools so that you will know which is best for the job. If you wanted to select several shapes that have the same stroke color for example, it may be better to use the Wand Tool over the Lasso Tool.
- If you wanted to manipulate one or more points of a given shape in Illustrator, you will want to make sure that you are using the Direct Selection Tool (A) as opposed to the regular Selection Tool (black arrow).
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