Direct selection tool appears to move whole object until mouse release

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Apr 25, 2022 Apr 25, 2022

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I've been struggling with an issue regarding the direct selection tool. In much earlier versiions of Illustrator, when points of an object were selected using the direct selection tool, only those points would move if moved to a new position. Now though I'm forever getting the whole object moving, and the unselected points will then snap back to their original position when the mouse is released. It does this in CC2020 and 2022. The attached screen recording shows what I mean (for clarification, I only want the top points in the selection to move). Is this how the direct selection tool is now supposed to work? If not, what am I missing? Any help appreciated.

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Apr 25, 2022 Apr 25, 2022

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Is it part of a group you are trying to move? I still see the Selection tool selected in the Toolbox.

Does it do the same thing when you select the Direct Selection tool in the Toolbox?

And restarting machines, resetting preferences may help.

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Hi Ton

Thanks for your reply. It's not part of a group. You are correct, I have the selection tool selected but I'm using the quick key (v) to select the direct selection tool while dragging over the points I want to select. I've had this issue for many months (if not years) and have tried to workaround it, so have restarted numerous times. 

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Apr 25, 2022 Apr 25, 2022

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OK, so these are arrowheads. I cannot reproduce the problem, my MacOS is Catalina.

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Apr 25, 2022 Apr 25, 2022

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Ton, the video shows four anchor points on the circle selected, and the circle when moved ends up out of alignment with the line segment, which is not consistent with arrowhead behavior.

 

Russ, I can confirm the behavior that you describe when I have the Selection Tool active and I press (in my setup) the command key to activate the Direct Selection pointer. When I select the Direct Selection Tool from the Toolbar or by pressing the A key only the selected points move with the cursor. I would suggest that you go to https://illustrator.uservoice.com/ to report this as a bug, and include your video.

 

Peter

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Thanks Peter

Great, will do. And many thanks for the link. 

Regards

Russell

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Yes, I can replicate it too. 

It does work as expected when GPU Preview (real time editing) is disabled.

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