Separating images from a downloaded vector file


I have downloaded vector images from shutterstock. There are many images on the page and I want to break them apart. I am able to get the direct selection to highlight sections of the multi-part image, copy and paste to a new board. This is great, however i just want a part of the multi part image, is this possible? Part of it does just highlight but when I go to copy a box comes up around the entire thing. Specifically, I am working with vintage Chalk typography, calligraphic design elements, page decoration and labels of drawing with chalk on blackboard . Thanks so much for any help!

6/13/2014 6:04:00 PM

As I understand the question, you want to select only part of a vector group/mask.

A simple way to do this is to use the Direct Selection tool (Hotkey: A) and select only the nodes of the part you want to select. You can select multiple notes by holding down the Shift key. You should be able to copy just the selected nodes to the clipboard.

EDIT: You can also select the entire vector and press Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + G to ungroup the vector (if it is a group), or as mentioned before, try looking at the layers panel.

12/12/2013 6:43:00 PM