Like for Osnap (Object Snap tips & tricks) selection tool sometimes can be taken for granted. But, it can save your life, not to mention it can speed things up, and that is the most important thing, after learning modeling 😉
Ok, check out the video guide. Please note, this is my first audio recording, so I was a bit confused and I just woke up 😀
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Ok, now that you have seen the video, it is time we explain some things 😀
If you start the selection rectangle from left to right (it doesn’t matter if you go up or down, just left to right for solid rectangle, and right to left for dashed rectangle) you will select all objects inside that rectangle, but only those that are in its entirety inside the select rectangle. So letters P, a, r, a and d will be selected, as well as two little Points. The letter i and its dot, square and circle will not be selected because those aren’t inside the selection rectangle.
But, if you start your selection rectangle from right to left, you will see a dashed rectangle being drawn.
This way, you select everything that is even partially inside that dashed rectangle. So, in the above picture, we would select letters a, d, i, s and e, and also the triangle, polygon, circle and closed curve, and also some of our points…
Adding to and removing from selection
You can also add or remove from selection. If you hold down SHIFT key, and click on objects one at the time (or by selection rectangle) you will add to selection, and if you hold down CTRL key you will remove from selection selected objects. Pretty simple, huh?
You also have your own selection toolbar, in which you have various commands for selecting objects in your document.
So, one of the most used (at least most used by me) are, select all (which is the default one for the button) deselect all, invert, select points, select curves… You will find almost all of these very useful, it is only the question how often will you use them, and it is important to remember them when you need them 😀