When drawing with the pen tool in Photoshop it is possible to adjust the last placed anchor point with the arrow keys and then continue drawing the same line. In illustrator, if you do the same thing the line stops and you have to restart the line.

Is there an option in illustrator to continue drawing after using the arrow keys?

I know that if you hold down the spacebar you can adjust the point before letting go of the mouse/pen, but I prefer the control that the arrow keys give.

  • HI and welcome this site does not work well for asnwers that are basically: "No." Since thats less than minimum required text. Its possible to program your own pen tool though – joojaa Sep 7 '18 at 6:58

After moving the point using the arrows, instead of continuing from the next point, click on the last point and continue. If it's a curve point, drag following the curve direction before creating the next point.


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  • Yes, that's what I've started doing. I just need to get into the habit of clicking back on the last point..still it would be nice to have the option. – Michael Parkinson Sep 6 '18 at 20:49
  • @Danielillo, what screen cap software are you using? Your responses are always great. -thx. – 13ruce Sep 7 '18 at 12:03
  • @13ruce Kap......................... – user120647 Sep 7 '18 at 12:39


What you want is not possible in Illustrator. As soon as to tap an arrow key, the selected anchor on the path is no longer seen as "active" for continuation. You must click (or click-drag) the end anchor again with the Pen Tool to continue drawing from it.

The spacebar trick is the only way to keep the anchor active for continuation while moving it.

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