Adobe illustrator: basic editing questions (break apart)


I have some experience with Flash/Gimp/Photoshop, but now I have to edit an FXG file (an asset for a Flex app) in Adobe Illustrator and can't do even the two basic things, shown in the screenshot below:

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  1. I need to double the size of the clubs symbol in the middle while maintaining its central alignment
  2. I need to change the indices in the corners (by different text)

but I can't even select the clubs symbol or the indices! Whenever I click and drag - I select and move everything. Do I need to break apart like in Flash editor? Can't find it in the Adobe Illustrator menu.


Thank you Scott, this has worked after the Ungroup.

I wonder though, why can't I select anything in the layers window (I realized after some time that there are indeed several layers already). I click on a layer, but nothing is selected.

I'm asking, because I want to place the new text symmetrically.

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4/10/2012 9:25:00 PM

Accepted Answer

  1. Select the club symbol with the Direct Selection Tool (the white arrow -- click, don't drag). Then double-click the Scale Tool in the Toolbar and enter your desired percentage for increase.

  2. You'll need to delete the "A" and reset a new character. That type has been converted to outlines and is no longer editable text.

As for the "break apart"... There is Object > Ungroup after you've selected the objects.

Layers Question

Illustrator layers don't work like Photoshop layers. Selecting and highlighting layers in Illustrator lets you move, copy, or delete the actual layer in the Layers Panel. It does not select the objects on any particular layer.

If you want to select the objects on a layer, click the circle to the right of the layer's name. You'll see a small square highlight appear. That will indicate objects on that layer are selected.

The layer functionality difference is basically the difference between an object-oriented app like Illustrator and a raster app like Photoshop.

4/10/2012 11:24:00 PM