Adobe Illustrator - Grouping and Expanding Objects

This guide will show you how to combine several objects into a group which can be treated as one unit.


Grouped objects are stacked in succession on the same layer of the artwork and behind the frontmost object in the group; therefore, grouping may change the layering of objects and their stacking order on a given layer.

To Group Objects

  1. Select the objects to be grouped or the group to be ungrouped with one of the selection tools.
  2. Choose either Object > Group or Object > Ungroup.

Expand objects

Expanding objects allows division of a single object into multiple objects that make up its appearance.

Typically expanding is used to modify the appearance attributes and other properties of specific elements within it.

  1. Select the object.
  2. Choose Object > Expand.
  3. If the object has appearance attributes applied to it, choose Object > Expand Appearance and then choose Object > Expand.
  4. Set options, and then click OK:

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