selecting an object that is behind another object

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Sep 09, 2008 Sep 09, 2008

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Is there a keyboard command for selecting objects that are behind other objects in the stacking order? or is the only way to select them from layers menu? i'm always selecting the object that is on top of what I want to select, and wonder if there is a keyboard command to "click down" to the object i'm aiming for
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Sep 23, 2008 Sep 23, 2008

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There has been no change in the select options, Arthur.

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Sep 23, 2008 Sep 23, 2008

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Sep 24, 2008 Sep 24, 2008

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I like tools to have have somewhat narrow uses, so although I see where Wade is going it's not what I'd like. My CAD program has a lasso tool that selects everything completely inside it. If you hold down the option key it selects everything it touches. This works the best for me. The selection-by-attribute is handled by a menu called "custom selection." It gives you just about every attribute to either select or deselect: color, stroke, thickness, shape type, etc. You then press "select" and it then selects everything in the window with that combination. Wade's idea could do the same operation on a collection of lassoed objects, rather than an entire viewing window. This would be an improvement for me. Of course it will never happen in the near future. Absent any real competition in the graphics design market, Adobe will only make superficial changes in their "upgrades." The only recourse is for users to stop upgrading until Adobe sees a real hit in their revenue.

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Explorer ,
Aug 05, 2010 Aug 05, 2010

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I've been wonder too if there is a way to select an object that is directly behind another object, and to do this quickly, without changing the stacking order, and without turning off sublayers. FreeHand's solution is simple. You control click. Is there anything this simple in AI?

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Aug 05, 2010 Aug 05, 2010

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Select menu, Next Object Below


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Aug 05, 2010 Aug 05, 2010

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Next Object Below from the Select menu selects the next object below in the document object stack, not below the selection's position. Next Object Below from the cursor menu (rightClick on Windows) selects the next object directly below at the click location.

Both are way too tedious and awkward.

KCFI, always state the version of Illustrator you are asking about.

JET

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Aug 05, 2010 Aug 05, 2010

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Thanks. That works, but three clicks to select an anchor point of the object below! I guess that's how it is.

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New Here ,
Sep 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016

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Using Windows Illustrator CS3... you select an object, right click, choose "Select," and you have four choices to choose from.

Keyboard command way... Select object, then Alt+Ctrl+[ (selects next above object) or Alt+Ctrl+] (selects next below object). (It's a long process though.)

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Jul 05, 2018 Jul 05, 2018

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you can do it with Ctrl key and click to switch between objects

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Feb 05, 2022 Feb 05, 2022

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It's Simple. What you do is select the object above, hold the Command key, and press down once (you will see a little arrow next to the cursor, then hover over the object behind (while still holding the command key down) and press again... It selects the object below. It's somewhat limited use because it selects only one object behind.

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