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Design Illustrator Foundations How to Draw in Illustrator The Pencil Tool

Path doesn't close with pencil tool when I hold alt - is there something I'm doing wrong?

Hey everyone,

Mat says when using the pencil tool, that if you hold alt while creating a shape, then Adobe will automatically close the path for you -

I have tried this numerous times to no avail - does anyone have an idea as to why this isn't working for me?

Thanks -

4 Answers

Anh-Kim Nguyen
Anh-Kim Nguyen
4,040 Points

Hey Ramsey,

I was actually running into the same issue as well, and thought I was doing something wrong!

But after doing some quick research, it seems that with the newest release of Illustrator CC, they've updated the tool; now, Illustrator automatically senses when you want to close a shape when you get close to a point. Holding down Alt with the Pencil Tool now allows you to draw straight lines.

Check out this video from Adobe for further info:



Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 145,858 Points

Hi ramseydennis, I don't use Illustrator that much, but with the pencil tool, it is the alt key that closes a path, but you have to make sure that your last point and the starting point is obviously the logical path. In other words, you have to make sure the path between the two is clear from other paths and anchor points.

Hope that helps. Jason :)

Jorge Berbena
Jorge Berbena
10,016 Points

A little bit late, if your are using CS6 first click, while holding click (or drawing) press the Alt key.