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Direct selection tool - adjust points in multiple shapes at once

I need direct selection tool to adjust groups this way:
1. I created rectangle and placed icon inside with 10px offset from right side.
2. Grouping rectangle with icon.
3. Now I want to resize this group and save 10px offset, but this offset changes proportionally.

I can easily do this in Ai using Direct Selection tool. So, add Direct Selection tool, please.

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feature-needs-more-info  ·  AdminDemian Borba (Admin, Adobe) responded  · 

You can direct select elements by holding CMD when clicking on items that are part of groups. Marquee selecting anchor points is landing very soon, so that you could select parts of your rectangle. Do you expect a different behavior? Did I understand your request right? Thanks for your feedback.


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  • Gene commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Has this been implemented? I just switched to XD, it's great, but I really need this feature. This is a deal breaker for me.

  • Sandeep Maurya commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can enable direct selection by double-clicking on the path and then adjust points according to you. But everyone prefers 'A' key to enable direct selection tool and me too.

  • MaMaLy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes... Direct Select Tool (keyboard shortcut A) or what I always called the Open Arrow, is needed in XD. Just hit A, click and drag, and you get all the handles you selected. This is what lets you resize part of an object while leaving the other side of it alone.

    Holding CMD when clicking on items that are part of groups solves a different problem. That lets you pick one item out of a group, but you're still selecting that item as a whole, rather than just some of its anchor points.

  • Harold commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The CMD clicking on an item isn't very well documented. I didn't even know that existed and was going to request a "Direct Selection" tool similar to InDesign & Illustrator.

    I still feel that having an independent "Direct Selection" tool works better than one "Selection" tool. Also having the ability to directly select multiple bezier points of multiple shape is greatly needed.

  • Cameron Sagey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed. Both Sketch and Photoshop's direct selection is much more difficult and inaccurate than illustrator's. We need to be able to select individual points in 1 click, without having to select the shape and press enter or double clicking, and we also need the alt click with the direct selection tool for the option to select the whole shape. Also, we need to be able to grab the edge of a shape and resize. Oh and select a path section (between anchor points) and delete, no scissors tool like sketch.

  • Joseph commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes - Sketch's direct selection method (holding down Command then clicking) is a hidden UI, but once you know it, you know it. Saves a lot of double-clicking to get down to an item 4 groups deep, and keeps the toolbox uncluttered.

    Of course you could use it for months and months and never discover it...

  • Chris Bowman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be awesome to be able to edit shapes and pen artwork with a direct selection tool like in Adobe Illustrator.

    Being able to resize and reshape would be awesome! Alternatively being able to use the pen tool to reshape objects would be great.

  • John Marstall commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I understand following the Sketch selection model, since many users will have migrated over for their UI work. But there's a lot to be said for Illustator's approach: use the correct selection tool for the job.

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