paintbrush tool not working

New Here ,
Nov 22, 2016 Nov 22, 2016

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I cant seem to use my paintbrush tool. until starting illustrator today it was fine. now one the tool is selected when i hover over the image i wish to paint on i get a grey and black no entry symbol come up. does any one know what might have happened or can give me advice? thank you

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Nov 22, 2016 Nov 22, 2016

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The layer is locked ?

check the layers panel

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Nov 22, 2016 Nov 22, 2016

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nope - got frustrated so i closed it all, shut down my pc and restarted and it sorted itself. a worrying glitch none the less.

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Nov 22, 2016 Nov 22, 2016

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Are there brushes in the brushes panel?

If not, you will need to add at least one.

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New Here ,
Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021

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Hello, my paintbrush tool is not working. I have read through all the comments and different sites. And my 2021 illustrator page does not look like anybody else's. I do not know how to fix this. 

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Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021

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You opened a JPEG.

Try and create a new file. Then place the JPEG in it.

 

Please use your system's tool to make screenshots. Yours is barely legible.

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