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Turn off automatic joining of paths?

Community Beginner ,
Dec 12, 2017

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I am creating an illustration using the pen tool. When I start a new path that touches an already-created path, the new path automatically becomes part of the old one. Is there a way to stop Illustrator from doing this (without creating a separate layer for each path)?

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Turn off automatic joining of paths?

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I am creating an illustration using the pen tool. When I start a new path that touches an already-created path, the new path automatically becomes part of the old one. Is there a way to stop Illustrator from doing this (without creating a separate layer for each path)?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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You can lock the first path with the keyboard command Command (Mac)/Control (PC)-2. You can later unlock it with Option (Mac)/Alt(PC) Command/Control-2.

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Thanks, that does the trick!

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Is there a better way to do this?

I have multiple reference lines that I use to draw with the pen tool. Locking and locking each reference line is unfeasible.

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Put the reference lines on their own layer and lock the layer.

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Is there an even better way of doing this? I'm trying to make some single line drawings and when I loop back around to an earlier part of the same path, it often rejoins it. Is there not a way to turn this off?

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Which tool are you using?

What do you mean with "loop back" - click on the starting point?

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I'm using the brush tool.

What I mean by looping back is this. I'm making a single line drawing by tracing around a photo, when the path I'm drawing goes near an earlier part of the path (or sometimes overlaps), sometimes it will automatically merge with it, changing the shape of the path. I think it happens if I go near an anchor point. I would prefer it if this didn't happen.

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You could double click the brush tool and there are options what should happen with the selection and if the brush tool can edit existing paths. Does it help?

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