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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.

#34 Selecting Similar Objects

Illustrator CS3 lets you choose from a list of same objects that you can quickly select. For example, if you want to select all objects that, for instance, have the same fill and stroke as a selected object, choose Select > Same > Fill & Stroke (Figure 34a).

Figure 34a

Figure 34a Selecting objects with the same fill and stroke.

In addition to selecting all objects with the same stroke and fill, you can select objects with the same blending mode, fill color, opacity, stroke color, and stroke weight. There are other, more esoteric attributes that you can use to filter selections with as well. The Select Same options overlap somewhat with the Magic Wand tool. So, you could select all objects with similar stroke weight using either approach (Figure 34b).

Figure 34b

Figure 34b Selecting objects with similar stroke weight using the Magic Wand and the menu.

You can also use the Object submenus (Select > Object) to select all of a variety of objects. One of the most useful options on this menu is Stray Points. This feature provides you with the ability to select (and then delete) stray anchors. It is easy to create stray anchors unintentionally—for instance, when you click with the Pen tool and don't end up creating a path. Stray anchors unnecessarily increase file size and your print area. Detect them by choosing Select > Object > Stray Points (Figure 34c).

Figure 34c

Figure 34c Detecting stray points.

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