Selecting all visible objects in Illustrator

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by 2ndPath, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. 2ndPath macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know a way to select all visible objects in illustrator? By visible I mean objects not covered completely behind other objects. What I want to do with this is to remove a large number of objects, which are hidden, from a file to make it smaller. If there is another way to do that, I am also fine with that.
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    If you want to remove specific and overlapping objects that are not on a separate layer, it's probably best done in Outline view (Apple-Y).

    You can then see their centre-points and by shift-clicking on each of the objects in turn you can select a whole bunch of them at once.
     
  3. 2ndPath thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The problem is that it is more than a hundred of objects. Therefore I was hoping for an automatic solution. Otherwise I guess I will just live with the larger file.
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    What about selecting all the objects you do want and copying/moving them to a new layer and trashing the old layer beneath?
     
  5. 2ndPath thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Also thanks for this hint, but the problem is the same: The objects which are covered, are covered by a large number of partially overlapping objects.
     
  6. zarathustra macrumors 6502a

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    If the items you are trying to delete (keep) share the same or similar fill/stroke/transparency, you can use the magic wand.

    Hit Y. Make sure you show the Magic Wand palette from the Window menu. Tweak the tolerance for stroke/fill.
     
  7. 2ndPath thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately the objects in front and the ones covered up by them are all of the same type.
     
  8. zarathustra macrumors 6502a

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    Can you post a small screenshot? Sometimes you can use the pathfinder to unite elements..
     
  9. 2ndPath thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is a part of the picture. It is basically randomly scattered circles. I still want to have an opaque look, but there are much more circles underneath than needed.
     

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