[Illustrator] How to use the Direct Selection Tool


Writing time : 2015-11-30 03:18:53

How to use the Direct Selection Tool

In illustrations, figures are composed of paths and anchor points.
The path and anchor point are shown divided into points and lines when a figure is selected.

The triangle consists of 3 paths and 3 anchor points.
The rectangle consists of 4 paths and 4 anchor points.
The circle consists of 4 curves and 4 anchor points.
It consists of 5 paths and 5 anchor points.

Direct Selection Tool sample

Direct Selection Tool is used to transform a figure by selecting one or more paths and anchor points.

To use the Direct Selection Tool, select the Direct Selection Tool icon marked with a white arrow.

Direct Selection Tool menu

If you click the Direct Selection Tool icon, select the path or anchor point you want to move and change the shape with the mouse or keyboard.

The image below shows a sample that has changed the shape using the Direct Selection Tool.
The changed part can be checked with the path and anchor point location.

The first is a figure created by selecting the upper anchor point of the triangle with the Direct Selection Tool and moving it down.
The second is a figure created by selecting the anchor point in the middle of the circle with the Direct Selection Tool and moving it down.
The third is a figure created by selecting the upper side of the rectangle with the Direct Selection Tool and moving it to the right.
The fourth is a figure created by selecting the base of the pentagon with the Direct Selection Tool and moving it down.

Direct Selection Tool sample

This is another sample that changed the shape using the Direct Selection Tool.
The changed part can be checked with the path and anchor point location.

Direct Selection Tool sample
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