How to save selections in Illustrator tutorial

Learn how to use the save selection of paths in Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc tutorial. This is a quick way to re-choose a group of red themed paths or paths filled with swatches etc

Save selections in Illustrator

how to save selections in Illustrator tutorial
  1. Create a path and set the color etc (you need some paths to use the save selections feature in Illustrator)

  2. Create another path and set the color etc, create additional paths

  3. Pick all the paths you wish to store in the entry

  4. Go to the select menu

  5. Pick the save selection (in Illustrator) command and you will see a new entry appear in the menu (give it a name) and this is the current chosen paths (or points)

That is it. OK, now you have your stored set of paths and you can just work with other paths now. If you want to restore the collection of selected paths, go to the entry in the menu and apply - simple as that.


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You should note that is doesn't matter if you alter the artwork, it is the path id that matters so if you change the type or change the color or the shape etc then they will still be chosen as soon as you pick that entry.


Group different items : sameYou can group all kinds of things such as

artworks that are red

artworks that are blue

artworks with the same dimensions etc


and many more.


The collection you make can be similar or contain totally random shapes and objects - all handpicked or chosen by the same / object commands.


You can then use the menu save selection Illustrator command to store all those details for future use.


Restore : How to restore the selected paths. Simply go to the menu and choose the name you gave and then all the items will be as before. If you have deleted the art then they are not restored.


If you change the color etc op opacity it does not matter.


If the path is on the document then it will be re-selected.


Edit command : editThere is an edit command available.


The edit command is in the select menu. It does not modify the paths etc. It offers only the means to edit the name as well as delete the list


Points can also be stored : You can also use the store points as well as whole paths with the Illustrator save selections command. Personally, I generally only use the feature to store paths but there are times when the points option comes into use.


To use it with points, use the direct selection tool to chose some points in a path and then use the save selection command. Later, when you you choose that entry, only those points will be chosen in the document or artboard and all the other points will be still ignored.


To use the point options, the key thing is that you have to be using one of the direct / anchor tools for this to be any use - if you try the same with another tool then nothing will happen. You can then manipulate the anchor points with a variety of tools


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