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How do I join two closed paths in Illustrator?

Last updated on April 17, 2023 @ 7:48 am

When working with Illustrator, it can be helpful to have a solid understanding of how paths work. A path is a vector object that represents the outline of an object or the path of a brush stroke. Paths can be closed or open. When a path is closed, the endpoints of the path are connected.

When a path is open, the endpoints are not connected. In this article, we will discuss how to join two closed paths in Illustrator.

PRO TIP: There is no single “correct” way to join two closed paths in Illustrator. The best approach will vary depending on the specific design. In general, it is best to avoid using the Join command (Object > Path > Join) to join paths, as it can often create unpredictable results. Instead, use the Group command to combine shapes.

There are two ways how you can join two paths, however, only one works for closed paths.

1. Using the Join Command

To join two closed paths in Illustrator, first, select the paths that you want to join. Then, go to the Object menu.

In the Object menu, open the Paths options and select the “Join” command.

Illustrator will then show a pop-up notice that the closed paths you selected are invalid and cannot be joined together.

NOTE: You can only use the Join command to connect two or more paths, paths in groups; or to close an open path. Closed paths, Compound paths, Text objects, Graphs, and Live Paint Groups are considered invalid objects by the Join command.

2. Using the Group Command

To use the Group command, simply select both of the closed paths, then open the Properties window. From there, go to the Quick Actions section and select the “Group” command option.

NOTE: The Group command combines the selected objects into a group.

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