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Blue Outlined Selection In Adobe Illustrator

Posted on 2009-05-04
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I need to edit several small areas (mostly text) in a .pdf. But when I open the document in Adobe Illustrator and try to select a certain area, every object in the document gets selected with a blue outline around it. Is there a way to "degroup" everything on the page?
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Hi

provided the text is still text you can either:

a) edit it using the direct selection tool (little white arrow right next to the normal one on toolbar) by double clicking the text. This will not ungroup the items but allows you to manipulate individual items within a group

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b) Select all (CTRL+A) or select the group and then press CTRL + SHIFT + G to ungroup the first level of items, press this again if there are still subgroups.

If the text is not on a thin line but the letter appear as objects with outlines which become highlighted on selection, then the text has been converted to outlines and is not editable anymore. Outlining is a non-reversible action so you will not be able to edit if this is the case.

hth
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It looks like the text has been already converted to outlines. Oh, well, gotta do it the hard way... and re-create the text.

Thanks, Capt'n!
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Thanks for the accept...

Sounded like it had. Good luck with the project.

capt.
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