Sometimes when drawing a path using the Pen Tool in After Effects when I want to click in a place that is near another path a plus sign appears to the pen and modifies that path if I click.

How can I stop that?

Here is a screenshot of what I mean:

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Thank you all!


  • Can you lock or hide paths in AE? That's how you overcome this in Illustrator. (I just don't know AE.)
    – Scott
    Feb 2, 2015 at 21:58

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Try using the direct selection to select nothing then switch back to the pen tool, I've used this technique in multiple Adobe Software, it's strange!

  • Mind adding some more clarification? An image or two would explain what you're trying to say more clearly. Welcome to GD! Feb 4, 2015 at 22:45

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