How To Join Line Segments In Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a robust program that is frequently utilized by graphic designers for the production of vector images. One of the key features within Illustrator is the ability to connect line segments. For those who are new to Illustrator or even those with moderate experience, you may find this function to be a bit challenging. However, have no fear as this blog post will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to join line segments in Adobe Illustrator.

Step 1: Open Adobe Illustrator

Run Adobe Illustrator on your computer. You can either start a new project or open an existing one where you want to join line segments.

Step 2: Select the Line Segments

First, choose the Selection Tool from the Illustrator toolbox. The shortcut for the Selection Tool is the V key.

Click on the line segments that you want to join. To select more than one line segment, hold down the Shift key while clicking on each line segment. When the required line segments are selected, they will be highlighted.

Step 3: Join the Line Segments

Once you have selected all the line segments you want to join, go to the top menu bar. Click on Object, then Path, and finally Join.

Your line segments are now joined!

1. Select the line segments
2. Go to Object > Path > Join

Alternatively, you can use a keyboard shortcut to join the lines. After selecting the line segments, press Ctrl + J (for Windows) or Cmd + J (for Mac).

Step 4: Finishing Up

After joining, the line segments will form a continuous path. You can modify this path using the Direct Selection Tool or the Pen Tool if needed.

Remember, joining only works when two or more open line segments are selected. If the selected line segments do not have endpoints touching, Illustrator will create a straight line to connect the endpoints when you join them.


Joining line segments in Adobe Illustrator is a straightforward yet powerful tool that allows you to create complex shapes and paths. Understanding how it works can significantly boost your productivity and creativity in vector graphics design. Keep practicing, and soon, it will become second nature!