How to Use the Group Selection Tool in Adobe Illustrator

The Group Selection Tool is used to modify individual objects in a group with out having to first ungroup.

  1. These objects have been grouped using the Group command, Ctrl+G
    Illustration of Grouped Objects
  2. To change the color of some of the petal shapes without ungrouping (Ctrl+Shift+G), I'll go to the Tool Bar, click and hold on the Direct Selection Tool, and choose the Group Selection Tool.
    Group Selection Tool
  3. Click to select one object in a group. To select additional objects, Shift-click. Here Ive changed the color of every other shape.
    Illustration Recolored
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