How To Join Paths In Adobe Illustrator

In this blog post, we will explore a crucial element of Adobe Illustrator, specifically when working with paths: the procedure for merging paths. If you are a designer, illustrator, or individual who utilizes Adobe Illustrator in your daily work, this tutorial is intended for you.

Joining paths in Adobe Illustrator is a simple but essential skill, which is often used when you’re creating complex vector shapes or cleaning up your artwork. A path in Illustrator is made up of one or more straight or curved segments. The beginning and end of each segment are marked by anchor points, which work like pinning points, holding the path to the canvas.

Step 1: Select the Paths

First and foremost, you need to select the two paths you want to join. You can do this by using the Selection Tool (V) or the Direct Selection Tool (A). Simply click on the two paths while holding down the shift key to select them both.

Step 2: Join the Paths

Once you’ve selected the paths, go to the menu bar at the top of the screen. Click on Object > Path > Join. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + J (Windows) or Cmd + J (Mac). This will join the two paths.

1. Select the paths
2. Go to Object > Path > Join (or use the keyboard shortcut)

Step 3: Adjust if Necessary

After joining the paths, you might need to adjust the shape, especially if the paths you joined were curved. To do this, use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to click on the newly formed anchor point – that is, the point where the two paths have been joined. Then, drag the handles of the anchor point to adjust the curve of the path.

Joining Disconnected Paths

If you’re working with disconnected paths – that is, paths that do not touch or intersect – the process is a bit different. In this case, when you join two paths, Illustrator will automatically create a straight line between them. If you want to create a curved line instead, you can manually add a line using the Pen Tool (P) and then join the paths as described above.


Joining paths in Adobe Illustrator can seem a bit tricky at first, but with a little practice, it becomes second nature. It’s one of many tools in Illustrator that allow you to create complex shapes and clean, professional-looking vector art. So go ahead and start joining paths – the more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll become.