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Illustrator in 60 Seconds: How to Use Selection Tools

This post is part of a series called 60 Second Video Tutorials.
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How to Use the Selection Tools in Adobe Illustrator

Welcome to our Illustrator in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn an Illustrator skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Illustrator in 60 Seconds: Selection Tools

Are you just starting out using Illustrator and having trouble understanding how selections are made? If so, why not take a moment and watch this short video in which I explore the Selection Tools and explain how they behave.

How to Use Selection Tools in Adobe Illustrator

The first tool is the regular Selection Tool. Using the cursor, select an object or a group of objects by clicking on them or dragging over them.

Using the Selection Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Move your object or adjust its object's shape by holding down the Left-click and dragging the cursor into the desired direction.

Using the Selection Tool to Move Objects

The second tool is called the Direct Selection Tool, which allows you to select individual objects or Anchor Points by simply clicking on them using the white arrow.

Using the Direct Selection Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Alter the shape of an object by adjusting its Anchor Point, which you can select by clicking on them, or by holding down the Shift key if you need to select more than just one.

Altering Shapes with the Direct Selection Tool

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail

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60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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