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Pen Tool Problem: How do I get my point to connect on an existing path?

New Here ,
Jun 02, 2019 Jun 02, 2019

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Hello! I have been using Adobe Illustrator for a long time now, but I ran into a problem today perhaps because of an update... I want to connect a point to a path, normally the line would be highlighted in blue so that I know where it will align seamlessly; however, it is no longer highlighted. How do I fix this?

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Community Expert , Jun 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019

Lilly,

As I (mis)understand it, tick View>Smart Guides.

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New Here , Jun 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019

Thank you all for your help! The answer is turning on the smart guide. I know that I cannot join a point to a path unless I create a point on that path. However, when I have my smart guide on, I can see where lines are connected seamlessly. Sometimes I draw from afar and without the smart guide on and zooming in, there will a bunch of white gap in my illustration. 

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Jun 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019

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You can't make Y connections in Illustrator.

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Jun 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019

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Lilly,

As I (mis)understand it, tick View>Smart Guides.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Thank you so much!
This issue was stressing me out for almost an hour.
Really appreciate this help. 🙂

 

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Jun 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019

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Maybe you have Snap to grid or pixel on,

try turning off under View to get the smart guide's to show again

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Jun 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019

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Points can only join a path at the path's endpoints. You cannot join a point to a path in the middle. You can, however, click on a selected path with the pen tool and add a point to that path.

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Jun 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019

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Thank you all for your help! The answer is turning on the smart guide. I know that I cannot join a point to a path unless I create a point on that path. However, when I have my smart guide on, I can see where lines are connected seamlessly. Sometimes I draw from afar and without the smart guide on and zooming in, there will a bunch of white gap in my illustration. 

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You are welcome, Lilly.

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