I am having trouble selecting paths using the direct selection tool. Once I click and drag it selects some paths. I want to click and drag again to select more paths however it deselects the paths I've already selected. This is for an image I live traced so quite a lot of paths. enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

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With the Direct Selection tool you don't want to click-drag over the same things twice. The first drag will select something, the second will deselect it.

It may be helpful to use the Hide function, which I often do. If something is hidden, it can't be selected/deselected. So Hide what you've already selected, make a new selection, hide that, repeat. Then show all.

  • Click-drag with the Direct Selection tool to get a selection
  • Then choose Object > Hide > Selection from the menu
    (Quicker via shortcut... Command/Ctrl + 3)
  • Once everything you want as a selection is hidden,
    choose Object > Show All ( Command/Ctrl + Option/Alt + 3)

Everything you've hidden will become visible and selected.

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Note you can also use the Lock function rather than Hide. Same workflow. Hide can simply makes it easier to tell what has been selected and what hasn't.

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