How To Join Objects In Adobe Illustrator

“Hello, potential illustrators! In this session, we will be discussing a key skill required for working with Adobe Illustrator: merging objects. This feature is especially helpful when dealing with intricate vector graphics and the need to merge paths or shapes.”

What does “joining objects” in Illustrator mean?

Joining objects in Illustrator means connecting two open endpoints to create a closed path. In other words, you’re merging two separate elements to form a single, unified object. This can be particularly useful when you’re designing complex illustrations or logos.

So, how do we join objects in Adobe Illustrator?

Let’s explore this process step by step:

Step 1: Select the Objects

The first step to joining objects in Illustrator is selecting the objects that you wish to join. Use the Selection Tool (V) to select the objects.

Step 2: Activate the Join Command

Once your objects are selected, go to the Object menu, then find the Path submenu and click on Join.

The above command can be simplified using a shortcut. The keyboard shortcut for the Join command is: Control+J for Windows or Command+J for Mac.

Step 3: Confirm the Join

Upon clicking Join, Illustrator will connect the endpoints of your selected paths, turning them into a single, continuous object. If the paths are not adjacent, Illustrator will draw a straight line between them to join them.

Joining Objects Using the Pathfinder Tool

Alternatively, you can use the Pathfinder tool to join objects. This tool offers more options for how objects interact with each other.

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Pathfinder Panel

Select Window > Pathfinder to open the Pathfinder panel.

Step 2: Select the Objects

Use the Selection Tool (V) to select the objects you wish to join.

Step 3: Apply the ‘Unite’ Shape Mode

In the Pathfinder panel, click on the Unite button under Shape Modes. This will combine your selected objects into a single shape.


Joining objects in Adobe Illustrator is a fundamental skill that every designer should understand. Whether you’re using the Join command or the Pathfinder tool, you can create more complex shapes and paths, allowing for more dynamic and intricate designs.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so continue experimenting with these techniques until they become second nature. Good luck!