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Selecting layers

To select a layer on the Canvas, simply click on it. When you do this, you’ll see selection handles appear around that layer.

You can also select a layer in the Layer List by clicking on its name.

Tip: If you can’t see the selection handles, check they’re enabled by heading to View > Canvas > Show Layer Selection.

Selecting multiple layers

To select multiple layers, select your first layer, hold and click on another. You can also hold and click on a layer you’ve already selected to remove it from the selection.

Alternatively, click-and-drag from an empty area on the Canvas to select any layers within your selection area.

Holding while you click-and-drag will only select layers that are completely within your selection area.

Holding while you click-and-drag, will add layers to your selection (or remove currently selected layers).

Holding while you click-and-drag will remove any currently selected layers from your selection and add any unselected layers within your selection area.

An image showing how the option modifier affects click and drag selections

On the left: Shift-drag. On the right: Shift-Option-drag.

You can also select all of the layers within a specific Artboard, by selecting the Artboard itself and choosing Edit > Select > Select All in Artboard from the menu bar.

Selecting overlapping layers

You can hold to select the second layer underneath your pointer instead of the top one.

If you have more than two layers overlapping, you can Control-click, choose Pick Layer from the shortcut menu and select the layer you want.

Last updated on 21 Apr 2021

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