I have several objects atop a rectangular backdrop, and I’d like to select them all via drag-selection (ie, creating a rectangle selection box around them).
Problem is: anywhere I can start the rectangle, the backdrop gets selected and my dragging just moves that.
Wondering if there’s another solution besides the ones I’ve already deduced:
start selection off-artboard or on a locked object, then deselect items i don’t want
be more judicious about locking background items (not an unworkable solution, but inconvenient in this project.
I’m asking mainly b/c, in Inkscape, holding down Ctrl makes your dragging automatically a selection box, avoiding this problem. My hope is that there’s something similar in illustrator.
As described by @jongware in comments to OP, working in outline mode obviated this problem