Pen tool is only moving in hard angles

Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2017 Jun 02, 2017

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I'm attempting an image trace with my pen tool but as I'm nearing completion of the project, my pen tool has gone wonky. The lines can only be drawn in certain angles with large gaps in between, making it impossible to trace the rest of my lines. How do you fix this?

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Explorer , Jun 02, 2017 Jun 02, 2017
It's located under the "View" menu.  I turned it on and it does seem to not allow me to draw a line just at any angle.  It wants to snap to the next angle err grid mark available.  I think this may be the answer?  Turn it off.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 02, 2017 Jun 02, 2017

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Tap your shift key a couple of times to see if it's stuck  

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Jun 02, 2017 Jun 02, 2017

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It's not 90 degree angles, they're like 30 degree angles, whenever I try to draw off of an anchor point, my lines is placed a couple points to the side as well

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I wonder if you have "Snap to Grid" turned on or something?

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It's located under the "View" menu.  I turned it on and it does seem to not allow me to draw a line just at any angle.  It wants to snap to the next angle err grid mark available.  I think this may be the answer?  Turn it off.

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Jun 02, 2017 Jun 02, 2017

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You're a life saver, I appreciate the help.

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I'm glad I could be of help.  I know how frustrating it is at times when you somehow accidentally turn something on and then the program starts behaving differently and you don't know where or how to turn it back off.  Good thing I was bored and looking for something to do for a few minutes.  I'm actually leaving early today because we're all caught up.

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Thank you very much, you are a life saver!!!!!!!!!!

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Try to restart Illustrator, restart your computer, reset the Illustrator Preferences:

How to set preferences in Illustrator

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