Illustrator, See path while drawing

ex-height's picture

Guys, I have been working with the illustrator pen tool, and have noticed that while drawing a new point the entire path disappears until I release the mouse button ( placing the new anchor ).

Is there a way to see the entire drawn path while placing new points so I can see where my anchor is in relation to the form?

I know this may be a tad confusing. Please let me know if you understand or if I need further clarification...

blank's picture

I don’t think so. But don’t worry about it. It is much easier to just place all of the extrema points on your path as straight segments and then option-drag the curves into place.

blank's picture

I don’t think so. But don’t worry about it. It is much easier to just place all of the extrema points on your path as straight segments and then option-drag the curves into place.

ex-height's picture

Ya, that's been my solution as of now, just wondering if there was a faster way. I guess setting a black stroke to .25 and using that as your path is similar. Thanks!

Igor Freiberger's picture

Justin,

maybe I did not understood your question, but IL always show what you are drawing while you click and hold down the mouse button (I mean, while placing a new anchor but before the button release).

But it shows just the resulting object. Thus, if you are drawing with no stroke/fill, IL will show just the segment under edition using the color of the layer active.

Maybe you want to see the resulting object while moving the cursor and before a mouse click. This is not done by IL as the app does not know if the user plan to make the segment straight or curve. When working with a specific tool (as arc) this is shown as the resulting path is determined by the mouse position.

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