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)?
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.
Thanks, that does the trick!
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.
Put the reference lines on their own layer and lock the layer.
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?
Which tool are you using?
What do you mean with "loop back" - click on the starting point?
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.
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?