After adding an image to the artboard or a shape using different tools like Pen Tool or shapes tools that are available in the toolbars, a bounding box appears around the object. By the bounding box, you can tell that the objects are selected.
As you create any object they are automatically selected. In Adobe Illustrator, two tools are available that are used to select any object. One is Selection Tool and the other is the Direct Selection Tool. The Selection Tool is used to move, scale, or rotate any object.
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Deselect in Adobe Illustrator – Video Tutorial
You can watch the below video tutorial to learn how to deselect any object in Adobe Illustrator.
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If you are new or don’t have any idea to deselect objects in Adobe Illustrator then you are at the right place. In this tutorial, you will learn how to deselect in Adobe Illustrator.
So let’s start.
Deselect in Adobe Illustrator
To deselect any object in Illustrator, click on empty space outside the selection area by using the Selection Tool or Direct Selection Tool. The object will be deselected in Illustrator.
Following are the detailed steps to deselect objects in Adobe Illustrator.
1st Method: Using Selection Tool
As you have created any shape using the Rectangle Tool and as it is drawn it is selected.
Grab the Selection Tool from the left toolbar or you can also use the Direct Selection Tool as well. Both can work to deselect any selected object in Illustrator.
Click on the empty area of the artboard to deselect the shape. As the shape is deselected the bounding box will disappear.
2nd Method: Using Shift key
If you have multiple shapes on the artboard and you want to deselect anyone out of them, you can change others but not the one.
Then press & hold the Shift key from the keyboard & then click once on the object that you want to deselect from multiple selected objects.
From all the selected objects one object will be deselected.
Deselect any Image in Illustrator
If you have any image on the artboard that is spread on the artboard and you don’t have any empty space, press the Shift key from the keyboard and click once on the image using the Selection Tool in Illustrator. The image will be deselected.
You can also deselect any image in Illustrator by pressing Ctrl+A from the keyboard.
Deselecting all Objects in Illustrator
As you all know, it is easy how to select all objects at once in Illustrator just by using a shortcut key. The shortcut key that is used to select all objects in Illustrator is Ctrl+A. By pressing Ctrl+A all the objects like text, images, shapes, etc will be selected.
You can also click and drag over all the objects using the Selection Tool and all the objects on the artboard will be selected. To deselect all the objects in Illustrator, press Ctrl+Shift+A. All the objects will be deselected.
To deselect some part of the selection in Illustrator, press & hold the Shift key and then click and drag over the area that you want to deselect. Make sure you are using the Selection Tool.
You have learned to deselect in Adobe Illustrator.
In this tutorial, you have learned how to deselect objects or shapes in Illustrator. You can deselect some parts of the selection using the Shift key and Selection Tool.
Have More Questions?
If you have any questions related to deselecting objects in Illustrator, then you can ask in the comment section below. We have also answered some most frequently asked questions below.
How to deselect in Illustrator shortcut
The shortcut key to deselect in Illustrator is Ctrl+Shift+A. You can deselect by clicking once on the artboard where the area is empty and no bounding box.
All Done! Enjoy.