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How to Select and Edit Paths in Illustrator CS3

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Build your Illustrator expertise one technique at a time as authors David Karlins and Bruce Hopkins show you the best ways to select and edit paths.

#32 Selecting and Editing Anchors

You select an anchor point when you want to reshape an object. For example, you can turn a circle into an oval by selecting an anchor point and dragging it (Figure 32a).

Figure 32a

Figure 32a Moving a selected anchor.

To select an anchor point, move the Direct Selection tool over a path. As you do, the anchors will become visible (Figure 32b).

Figure 32b

Figure 32b Identifying anchors in a path with the Direct Selection tool.

To select a single anchor, click on it. To select multiple anchors, you can:

  • Draw a marquee with the Direct Selection tool.
  • Use Shift+click to select multiple anchors.
  • Draw a marquee with the Lasso tool around the anchors (hold down the Shift key to draw additional Lasso tool marquees).
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