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pencil tool in 17.1 - closed path doesn't work for me

Jan 31, 2014 1:32 PM



is this working for anyone?


Draw closed paths with the Pencil tool

  1. Select the Pencil tool.
  2. Position the tool where you want the path to begin, and start dragging to draw a path.
  3. After you’ve begun dragging, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS). The Pencil tool displays a small circle (and, in InDesign, a solid eraser) to indicate that you’re creating a closed path.
  4. When the path is the size and shape you want, release the mouse button (but not the Alt or Option key). After the path closes, release the Alt or Option key.You don’t have to position the cursor over the starting point of the path in order to create a closed path; if you release the mouse button in some other location, the Pencil tool will close the shape by creating the shortest possible line back to the original point.


it doesn't for me. after i start drawing and i hold the option key, it goes to drawing a straight line. i don't hold the key till after i start drawing lit says.


same thing with the connect two paths. holding the command key doesn't change the behavior of the pencil tool.


i'm guessing there is no way of remapping the 'smooth tool' to option again? or was it moved to another hotkey?

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    Jan 31, 2014 2:43 PM   in reply to mec_os

    This is one of the features of the 17.1 update.


    In order to close the path, draw near the starting point. If you want to close with a straight line, stop drawing and close the path after you're finished, using Cmd + J


    There's no way to switch to the smooth tool temporarily anymore. You need to select the tool.

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    Jan 31, 2014 4:07 PM   in reply to mec_os

    Looks like the manual hasn't been updated to cover the new features.


    You need to refer to this one:

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