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Can only draw one line segment

Oct 19, 2013 12:38 PM

I'm sure this is a simple thing but it's driving me crazy. Every time I draw a line it gets erased as soon as I try to draw the next one. Any ideas?

 

Thanks.

 
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    Oct 19, 2013 12:46 PM   in reply to chasesdad

    Which version of Illustrator are you using?

     

    What tool are you using to draw your segments? Probably the Pencil tool? Or something else?

     
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    Oct 19, 2013 1:12 PM   in reply to chasesdad

    Is a stroke (weight/colour) applied to the path while drawing with the Line Segment tool?

     
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    Oct 19, 2013 5:57 PM   in reply to chasesdad

    Learn to use the Pen tool. It’s far the most versatile of the drawing tools.

     
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    Oct 19, 2013 8:46 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Kurt Gold wrote:

     

    Is a stroke (weight/colour) applied to the path while drawing with the Line Segment tool?

    Or is white selected as the stroke color?

     
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    Oct 20, 2013 2:04 AM   in reply to chasesdad

    chasesdad,

     

    Or, to put it in a third way: is it just invisible?

     

    You can switch to the Selection Tool (just press the V key) and drag over the area where it should be, and see.

     
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    Oct 20, 2013 4:03 PM   in reply to chasesdad

    If you click 3 times with the Line Segment tool (moving your mouse between clicks) you get 2 unconnected line segments.

    If you do the same with the pen tool you get 2 connected line segments.

    Whether the segments are visible or not depends on whether they are coloured or not.

    Test this by turning off the preview (Cmd/Ctrl+Y). Your ‘erased’ lines will probably show up.

     
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