I'm a newbie, so this is probably obvious, but I can't find it in any tutorials or documentation. In Illustrator I want to maintain the stroke settings while creating several paths with the pen tool. However, every time I start a new path, the stroke settings revert to what must be a default. E.g. I set 16pt + Variable width profile + Basic and stroke a path. When I start a new path, the settings revert to 1pt + Uniform + Basic, and I have to reset back to my original. Other art programs I've used maintain the tool settings most recently used until they are manually changed. How can I get the settings to stay through multiple uses of the pen tool? Thanks.
From the appearance panel's menu uncheck "New Art has basic appearance"
Monica and mjarrott, thank you both for your super-fast replies with a (to me very un-obvious) solution that works perfectly! Exactly what I wanted.
In the course of playing around in Illustrator to find a solution, I found that if you open your appearance panel (Window > Appearance), select the fly-out menu and deselect New Art has Basic Appearance.
I found that with this option unselected, you can select your stroke width and profile and draw multiple times without it reverting to the default stroke!
Please let me know if this works for you. I'm not sure how this might affect your workflow on other projects, but it did result in the behavior you seemed to want.
Michael, see my reply to Monica and thank you so much.
Why is this not the default!!! Thank you. I am finding every new tool I learn I have to Google Why doesn't this work the obvious way. There is typically some short cut keys I have to press or some weird order I have to do it in to get it to work like everyone seems to assume it should.
You are my saviour, I am eternally grateful. You should have a Nobel Peace Prize
None of this worked for me. my pen tool wont stay in the basic line type and keeps changing back to the previously used one. It wont maintain the thickness or line type i command and its ruining my project. Pen tool is literally useless.
What do you mean with "Basic line type"? A brush?
Are you really using the pen tool? Or is it the brush tool?
What exactly are you doing there? Step by step?
A "Basic" brush is not a brush at all, but a simple stroke.
The brush tool cannot sraw with a simple stroke. It must use a brush.
In order to draw with a simple stroke, just use the pencil tool and not the brush tool.
I found a different solution, but the problem may be different.
Basically I was using the brush tool but each new shape I drew didn't have a fill (I wanted it to have the exact same fill and stroke as the previous drawn shape).
Solution: double click the brush tool in the tool panel (where all the tools are - pencil, shapes, pentool ect.) - then check "fill new strokes" and voila!
Hello! I am on CC 2019 illustrator and I am having this same or similar problem. I unchecked the option mentioned above but the pen tool changes settings everytime I click a different shape. Is there a way to maintain the pen tool settings no matter what object you click?
Thank you!!! I've been googling this for days now and finding nothing - how does one even express in google-search terms what the problem is!!? anyway, this is probably exactly what I needed. Thank you
Am trying to draw with the pencil tool.but once i draw, everything goes transparent, instead of creating a path
which can show me where to fill colour with the eyedropper tool. Help
Uncheck the option "New art has basic appearance" in the appearance panel menu.
Then apply whatever you would like the stroke to look like. New paths would then have that appearance.
Evertime I get a new computer I have to search for this and have the hardest time finding it. Thanky you! So, in order to draw brush strokes with the pen or pencil, you have to opeen appearance then cilick the little part in upper right and disselect basic appearance. It is SO hidden, not ony that, but I tried everything to use the brush tool without lag and this actually works. I have no idea why the pencil tool with brush stroke has no lag but brush with brush stroke does or why this setting is so hidden.