Adobe Illustrator - Eliminate Vanishing Pencil Lines While Drawing (10/CS/CS2)
If you've ever created an illustration with the Pencil tool you've most likely noticed every time you draw a path next to an already selected path, the original line disappears as soon as you draw the next line. Why? Because the Pencil tool defaults to path-editing mode. This means that when you draw a line near a selected previous line, Illustrator assumes you want to edit the previous line, so it deletes the line and replaces it with the new line. Annoying, right? Don't worry--you can change this behavior. To do so:
- Double-click on the Pencil tool to open the Pencil Tool Preferences dialog box.
- Deselect the Edit Selected Paths check box or reduce the pixel distance using the slider at the bottom and click OK.