How To Join Paths In Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop provides an extensive range of tools and functions that allow designers to channel their creativity. One of its many functionalities is the flexibility to generate and alter paths. This blog post specifically highlights the process of merging paths in Photoshop.

What are Paths in Photoshop?

Paths are vector graphics that consist of straight lines and curves. They are created using the pen tool or the shape tool in Photoshop. Paths are non-destructive, meaning they won’t affect the actual pixels of your image. They are used in a variety of ways such as creating shapes, making selections, or mapping out a precise area within your image.

Joining Paths in Photoshop

Joining two or more paths offers greater flexibility and opens up numerous possibilities for creativity. It allows you to create complex shapes and designs. Now, let’s look at how you can join paths in Photoshop.

Step 1: Create Your Paths

Firstly, you need to create the paths that you want to join. You can do this by using the Pen tool. Choose the Pen tool from the toolbox or press P on your keyboard to select it. Then, draw your paths.

Step 2: Select The Paths

Once you have your paths ready, the next step is to select them. To do this, you need to switch to the Path Selection tool. This tool can be found in the toolbox, or you can press A on your keyboard. After selecting this tool, click and drag to select the paths you want to join.

Step 3: Join The Paths

With your paths selected, you’re now ready to join them. Look for the Option bar at the top of the screen. On this bar, find and click on the “Combine” option. This will join your selected paths into one. With the paths now joined, you can manipulate them as a single entity.

Here is the code you can run to automate the process of joining paths:

    #target photoshop
    var doc = app.activeDocument;
    var pathCount = doc.pathItems.length;
    if(pathCount > 1){
        var newPath = doc.pathItems.add("New Path", []);
        for(var i = 0 ; i < pathCount ; i++){
            var thisPath = doc.pathItems[0];
            for(var j = 0 ; j < thisPath.subPathItems.length ; j++){


Joining paths in Photoshop is a simple yet powerful process that can enhance your design capabilities. Feel free to experiment with it and see what unique designs you can come up with. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time. Happy designing!