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I locked a layer. Afterwards, I can't use the pen tool because the cursor switches to a pencil and a circle with a line through it.

I designed a fashion piece using illustrator and locked the layer and then created another layer under that. I did this before and I cant understand what the problem is this time!

I know if I unlock the layer, it solves the problem, but I don't want to do that.

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It is not possible to draw on a locked layer. This is what the pencil with the "don't" symbol means.... you can't draw on that layer.

You may simply need to highlight a different layer in the Layers Panel. You can lock a layer, then draw on an (unlocked) layer above or below the locked layer. You merely need to ensure the unlocked layer is highlighted in the Layers Panel.

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