When I try to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to draw around individual shapes in detail the pen jumps away from where I have selected, as if it is restricted. For example see the image below, if I click where the star is, the pen tool lands beside it rather than on it. I need this for precise outlines, is there a way to configure it or the likes?

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  • i just had this happen, and it worked to turn off view> snap to pixel
    – Jessica
    Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 21:41

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This is most likely caused by having snap feature enabled.

Make sure you have snap to grid turned off View → Snap to Grid (Ctrl/Cmnd+Shift+")

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    Disabling Snap to Point can also help if the artwork is very small... then of course, Align to Pixel Grid :)
    – Scott
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 17:17
  • Thanks a lot, these small things irritate a lot when you start learning. You saved me buddy Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 11:23

Version: 2018 Adobe CC Fix that worked for me: Disable View > Smart Guides

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