How To Group Objects In Illustrator

All art consists of a million smaller pieces that are then put together into the final product, which an ordinary person gets to see. It is hard to fathom how this is done seamlessly. Illustrator provides artists with a powerful tool that helps them group objects together in one go instead of repetitively choosing and dragging. 

After selecting the objects, you want to group using the selection tool, go to “Object” in the options and then choose “Group.” All the items will be grouped as you want them. You can go back and forth to perfect it.

This article will teach you how to group objects, combine objects, ungroup objects, and group layers. We also talk about why grouping is a useful tool. Continue reading to find out more. 

What Is Grouping In Illustrator?

Grouping in Illustrator is a way to link multiple objects together so that they can be manipulated as one. Grouping allows you to simultaneously move, scale, rotate, and otherwise transform numerous objects. It is useful for quickly making changes to complex designs.

How Does Grouping Objects In Illustrator Help?

Grouping objects in Illustrator helps to organize artwork and makes it easier to move, modify, and work with multiple objects at once. 

When grouped, objects can be moved, resized, and rotated together and treated as one Object, making it easier to create complex artwork with multiple objects. Grouping also helps to simplify and organize layers and keeps objects together using selection tools.

How To Group Objects In Illustrator?

Do you want to group objects together but are scared the task is too complex? What if we told you the job comprises only two steps? We have instructions below to make your life easier and help group objects in less time. 

  1. Select the objects that you want to group.
  2. Go to Object> Group, or press Command + G (on a Mac) or Control + G (on a PC).
  3. The objects will be grouped and can be moved, scaled, or rotated as a single object.

How To Ungroup Objects In Illustrator?

Mistakes are expected when making art. That is the true essence of art. If you have accidentally grouped objects or done it to remove clutter, below are steps to follow so you can ingroup the objects. 

  1. Select the group of objects you wish to ungroup.
  2. In the top menu bar, choose Object> Ungroup.
  3. If the Ungroup option is grayed out, select Object > Group > Release.
  4. The objects in the group will now be ungrouped and can be selected, edited, and moved individually.

How To Combine Objects In Illustrator?

Are you looking to turn multiple objects into one singular Object? You need to use the combining items feature in Illustrator to make your job easier. Below are instructions that you can follow to achieve this:

  1. Select the objects you want to combine using the Selection Tool (V)
  2. Go to the Object menu and choose “Group” or “Compound Path.”
  3. If you want to move objects separately, choose “Group,” or if you want to move objects as one, choose “Compound Path.”
  4. You can also select multiple objects and use the shortcut “Ctrl+8” to combine them into a Compound Path.

How To Group Layers In Illustrator?

Are you in dire need of some organization in your Illustrator canvas? You do not need to quit on your artwork; you need to group your layers to reduce the number of layers you work with. Follow these steps to group your layers:

1. Select the layers you want to group.

2. Go to the Layer panel (Window > Layer).

3. Click the “Group Layers” button at the bottom of the panel.

4. The layers will be grouped and will have a folder icon next to them.

How To Ungroup Layers In Illustrator?

To ungroup the layers, select the group and click the Ungroup Layers button at the bottom of the panel.

For more help in grouping and ungrouping layers, watch this video: 

Why Are Layers Grouped In Illustrator? 

Layers are grouped in Illustrator to help you organize your artwork. Grouping layers allow you to keep track of related objects, move multiple objects as one, and make changes to multiple objects simultaneously. 

Grouping layers also make it easier to navigate your document and help you keep your artwork organized and manageable.


Reading such detailed manuals makes you feel like making digital art is not a difficult task. We are here to continue to help you as you navigate the world of digital art, illustration, and software.