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How do I draw a new path on top of an old?

New Here ,
Mar 21, 2021 Mar 21, 2021

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I want to make a new shape with the pen tool. The first point starts at a corner on another shape. 

When I make the first point, Illustrator automatically selects the existing shape. In stead of making a new shape, I'm adding points to the old shape. 

 

But as stated in the title, I want do start drawing a brand new shape, which happens to share a starting point with an existing shape. 

 

How?

 

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Community Expert , Mar 21, 2021 Mar 21, 2021

Does it perhaps help if you turn on the "Disable Auto/Add Delete" option in the general application preferences?

 

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Mar 21, 2021 Mar 21, 2021

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You could lock the existing shape Command +2 on a MAC

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Does it perhaps help if you turn on the "Disable Auto/Add Delete" option in the general application preferences?

 

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I thought of that @Kurt Gold, but then as you are drawing a shape, you can't correct it as easily. Seems like temporarily locking a shape would be less of a hassle perhaps?

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Thanks. 

 

@michelew83603738 , I still want to snap to the existing shape's anchor points. When I lock the shape, it seems snapping is disabled. 

 

@Kurt Gold That seems like the solution I needed. 

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