I can't make proper stars. I've been playing with the Star Tool by pressing keys like CTRL + Arrow buttons, CTRL + ALT. And suddenly I got my Star Tool broken.

What I have:

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How it should be:

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The problem is that I got these squares inside my star...

  • While selecting the star tool. Click once on the working area, then u can chose the number of points in the star and inner and outer circles.
    – Mamoon
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 12:37
  • Or (I believe) you can just press the up/down keys when drawing to change the number of points.
    – Cai
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 12:39
  • Mamoon, Yes I can do that, but it doesn't effect my triangle when drawing dinamically (draging). CAI When pressing Up/down keys It actually changes the number of sides.
    – Katallone
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 12:42
  • By the way, while dragging to create the star on he screen, hold cmd on keyboard to change the distance between the outer and inner points. Let me know,
    – Mamoon
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 13:57
  • Have you also tried holding the Alt button when creating the star while dragging? It resets the distances between the ins and outs.
    – Mamoon
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 14:02

1 Answer 1


Figured it out.

If you take the Star Tool and go all the way down to only 3 points for the star (first example below) and press Ctrl+Up Arrow Key, you will get that design. Never knew this existed.

To get out of this mode, you need to start drawing a star and press Alt+Up or Down Arrow Key.

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I honestly don't know what you did back there to get those lines inside your star but I know a workaround till someone else comes with a more permanent fix for your problem.

  1. Select the star tool
  2. Click on the screen and add 5 to points section
  3. If you see the lines inside the star, select the whole star and go to Pathfinder > Unite
  4. Change the background color to yellow and resize the star to fit your needs

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  • It was working fine, not broken at all. Just not doing what you wanted it to do :p
    – Summer
    Commented Dec 4, 2017 at 16:23

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