pen tool with an asterisk

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Aug 23, 2018 Aug 23, 2018

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I am quite a beginner with Illustrator. I have drawn straight and curved lines, but now my pen tool has a small asterisk and I cannot draw normal curves any more. What is this asterisk (kind of a small star), and how can I get it away?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2018 Aug 23, 2018

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The "CapsLock" in the middle of the left of the keyboard keys may have been pressed. The light on the key may be lit. This changes the look of the toolbox tools you use.

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Aug 24, 2018 Aug 24, 2018

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Thank you for your answer but that did not help. The CapsLock in not pressed.

SULZER CONFIDENTIAL

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Aug 24, 2018 Aug 24, 2018

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meliinar34225305  wrote

Thank you for your answer but that did not help. The CapsLock in not pressed.

SULZER CONFIDENTIAL

What is the reference to "Sulzer Confidential"? Is that part of your issue with the Pen tool?

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Aug 24, 2018 Aug 24, 2018

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An astersisk means that you are drawing a new path.

PEN TOOL Variations and Symbol meanings | Get the Hook!!!

What OS are you on? You may need to reset your prefs, or remove/update (eg: wacom driver) any nonstandard plugins that are interfering.

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Jan 28, 2020 Jan 28, 2020

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As @MikeGondek mentioned, this is the starting point with the pen tool. If this is showing up over a line you are trying to add points on, this means your line isn't selected. Make sure your line is selected by using the selection tool and try again. The pen tool should show up with the + or - symbol under it. 

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May 22, 2020 May 22, 2020

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So hard to draw with the crazy star. Go to AI preferences - Selection and Anchor Display, at the very bottom of the box uncheck pen tool "enable rubber bands" very frustrating when you update and it takes an hour to figure out such a simple setting. Working in Catalina 10.15.4 CC 2020. 

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Dec 11, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

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This didn't do anything my thing won't change I can't do anything I can't reset it turning of everything doesn't do anything nothing works how do u fix this

 

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Dec 11, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

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Did you read the link that Mike posted above?

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Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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Hey, I just had this problem too and fixed it after some noodling around... so I thought it might help others if I post here.

So I am in Photoshop attempting to draw a new path with the pen tool, but the tool shows an asterisk, and doesn't link the points as it should- each point is seperate. Caps is not locked.

I went to the pen tool icon top Left, and at the bottom of the drop down theres a checkbox - 'current tool only'

I checked this box and - tada! pen tool seems to be fixed.

Last person to use Photosop on here was my teen son... so THAT's never happening again 🙂

 

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