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In Affinity Designer Beta, I have an EPS vector with more than 1000 icons. I want to drag a selection box around one of them to copy or recolor it. But Designer selects ALL the icons with the Move tool, or individual elements of each icon with the Node tool. In Illustrator, I can easily drag around any icon to select it. How do I do that with Designer?

1111_XXL_set2.eps

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Hi ThePixelWhisperer,

 

Welcome to the forums.

 

Affinity Designer when opening the EPS file, breaking down all the designs individually. If the file was created and exported to EPS using Illustrator, this may be why it's reopening the file with better results as it's reading an embedded AI within the EPS which allows it to open the file with the designs intact, which makes for easy selection.

 

For the moment you'll need to use the Layers tab, select all the curves that make up the icon and right click and group them. You can then select it as one and move it around, resize.

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Hi ThePixelWhisperer,

 

Welcome to the forums.

 

Affinity Designer when opening the EPS file, breaking down all the designs individually. If the file was created and exported to EPS using Illustrator, this may be why it's reopening the file with better results as it's reading an embedded AI within the EPS which allows it to open the file with the designs intact, which makes for easy selection.

 

For the moment you'll need to use the Layers tab, select all the curves that make up the icon and right click and group them. You can then select it as one and move it around, resize.

Thanks for your quick reply, Lee D. The reason I included the vector file was to show folks the difficulty of the quoted solution. There are exactly 1111 icons. Can you imagine how many layers that is? Searching through thousands of layers for the correct curves could take hours. I'm sure one could see where drawing a marquee around a single icon to copy/paste or recolor it is the way to go. I consider that a basic, everyday feature, certainly not too much to ask. Regardless of the file's origin.

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I opened the file in the Mac 1.5.2 beta. I found that if I zoomed in to about 500%, Where the icon filled most of the screen, I could use the move/select tool by double clicking a line segment, and then shift click to select all of the other parts.


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Thanks to both gdenby and Patrick for your suggestions. I knew about gdenby's suggestion; I was hoping for something as quick as "drag and copy." Richard's suggestion to enable "show selection in layers panel" doesn't work for the file I attached as an example. I had already tried that before attaching the file. It shows layer groups, because that's how the file's icon shapes are segmented. (Even if it had worked, it would take far longer than what I'm suggesting.)

 

Richard's suggestion to alt-drag a marquee also doesn't work for that .eps file, nor for a similar .ai file I opened. You should try it.

 

Adobe Illustrator's Direct Selection tool easily handles the marquee. (And yes, I know that these are two different software companies. I'm simply making a workflow suggestion while Designer is in beta. When a product is in beta, testers don't suggest workarounds--they suggest new or better features.)

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Hi ThePixelWhisperer,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

⌥ (option/alt) + drag doesn't work with clipped objects, so it can't be applied in this case.

Here's a workaround: right-click the (Curve) layer (the clipping rectangle) and select Release, then with it still selected go to menu Layer ▸ Convert Object to Artboard. You can now drag a marquee selection around each icon to select them. Delete the original (now) emtpy layer. 

 

If you want to revert back to a not-artboard document, select the Artboard layer, press Delete on your keyboard and select Keep objects from the dialog that will appear.

If you have access to Illustrator, Save As the file as SVG and open it in Designer. It will keep the original groups (icons) intact.

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Hi ThePixelWhisperer,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

⌥ (option/alt) + drag doesn't work with clipped objects, so it can't be applied in this case.

Here's a workaround: right-click the (Curve) layer (the clipping rectangle) and select Release, then with it still selected go to menu Layer ▸ Convert Object to Artboard. You can now drag a marquee selection around each icon to select them. Delete the original (now) emtpy layer. 

 

If you want to revert back to a not-artboard document, select the Artboard layer, press Delete on your keyboard and select Keep objects from the dialog that will appear.

If you have access to Illustrator, Save As the file as SVG and open it in Designer. It will keep the original groups (icons) intact.

Hi MEB,

 

Wow, this works perfectly! It's a workaround, but it's a very easy one to use. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this tip!  :)

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It should work without issues. How are you exporting the file as SVG from Illustrator?

First off, your original workaround worked perfectly, and so did Mike's AD file. I had never thought of exporting as SVG. So, after reading your latest post, I tried opening the original EPS and exporting as a SVG. I left all the SVG Export options as defaulted, except I tried all three of the "Images" dropdown choices. All resulting SVGs allowed me to select an icon in Designer with a few clicks, but none of my resulting files worked as well as Mike's (allowing me to select a single icon with a single click). 

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No, don't export it. You have to use Save As in Illustrator (not export) then select SVG, keep all the default settings and you will have an SVG with all layers intact so you can just click an icon to select the whole thing.

Thanks again, MEB. That worked. My original wish was no workarounds involving other software, but this will at least allow me to continue using AD, which I think is great.

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