Use the Selection and Direct Selection Tools Adobe Illustrator

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Hello and welcome to VisiHow. In this video, we are going to look at how to manipulate basic shapes in Adobe Illustrator. Once you have learned how to create a new document in Adobe Illustrator and how to create basic shapes, then you are ready to watch this video.

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    The first tool we are going to use is the "Selection Tool"
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    It is the first tool in the toolbar, and it looks like a black arrow. You can use this tool to select any shape by simply clicking on the shape.
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    Once you have selected a shape, click, hold and drag the shape to move it
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    To delete a shape, select the shape and press the delete key on your keyboard. Press "Ctrl" plus z to undo any of the changes you have made.
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    Right beside the "Selection Tool" is the "Direct Selection Tool"
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    This tool is used to select specific parts of a shape.
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    Click, hold and drag down to make a box covering a portion of a shape to select that part of the shape
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    You can then delete this portion of the shape or move it around.
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    To zoom in, press "Ctrl" along with the plus sign on your keyboard
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    With the "Direct Selection Tool", you can skew some of the shapes
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    You can drag one point of this triangle up to change the shape of it.
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    With the "Selection Tool", you can make the shape bigger or smaller
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    Click on one of the anchors, the small white squares, and drag it inwards or outwards depending on what size you want. This may distort the look of the shape.
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    Another way of scaling the shape is to click one of the anchors, then hold down the shift key as you drag it inwards or outwards
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    This way does not distort the shape.
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    You can also duplicate a shape using the "Selection Tool"
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    To do this, hold down the "Alt" key on your keyboard, then click and drag the shape.
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    You have learned some basic manipulation strategies using Adobe Illustrator
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    If you have any questions or comments, post them in the section below. Thank you for watching VisiHow. Have a great day!
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