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Direct selection tool not working on compound paths

Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2022 Oct 30, 2022

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In Illustrator 2023 I am not able anymore to select one (or a few) anchorpoints of a compound shape when I make the compound path with . When I select an anchorpoint, it seems like a random number of other anchorpoints are selected as well, making it impossible to change a shape. When I release the compound shape, the direct selection tool works again.

 

However, when I make a compound shape using the shape builder tool, the direct selection tool works fine as usual.

 

Is anyone else having this problem?

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Explorer , Nov 01, 2022 Nov 01, 2022

Hi Monika, sorry for the confusion about compound paths and compound shapes. My problem was with the selection of anchor points in compound paths.

 

I have restarted my computer and reset the preferences.

I checked in Adobe Illustrator 2022 (with the same plugins installed). There it worked fine.

 

Ultimately I took a closer look at my plugins and it turned out that when I uninstalled the LTTR.INK plugin it worked as it should. So problem solved. I'll contact the developer.

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Oct 30, 2022 Oct 30, 2022

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Works fine for me. Restart computer, reset preferences (after prefs backup) may help.

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/setting-preferences.html

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The shape builder tool will only make a compound path when you subtract a path which is completely enclosed in another path.

The shapebuilder tool does not create compound shapes. The difference: https://www.vektorgarten.de/illustrator-compound-path-shape.html

 

As for your "selection" problem. You have to look closely. Selected points look different than unselected ones. Your video was so blurred that I couldn't tell if the anchor was selected or not.

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Hi Monika, sorry for the confusion about compound paths and compound shapes. My problem was with the selection of anchor points in compound paths.

 

I have restarted my computer and reset the preferences.

I checked in Adobe Illustrator 2022 (with the same plugins installed). There it worked fine.

 

Ultimately I took a closer look at my plugins and it turned out that when I uninstalled the LTTR.INK plugin it worked as it should. So problem solved. I'll contact the developer.

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THank you for the feedback, which will certainly help others (including me). LTTR.ink is still in beta, so let's hope for bugfixes.

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