Joining Points In Illustrator

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Krebstar, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Krebstar macrumors regular

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    The join command has always hated me, but I need to conquer it, now.

    Basically, I'm using a script text but want to actually join it completely together. I used the scissors tool to cut end points, so I now have two pieces, both with open endpoints. I want to then join the two on each side so the text flows perfectly. Hopefully it's understood what I'm saying.

    I've tried everything. I only select the two points I want, but they never join. I always get the error message, he stop sign with the hand.

    Please help.
     
  2. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    The points have to be directly on top of each other. It doesn't "fill in" the information between the points. It is meant to convert two end points into a single point in the middle of a line.
     
  3. Krebstar thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm, I'm getting them directly on top of each other but I'm still getting the same error. I'm certain they're open endpoints as well, at least I think I am.
     
  4. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    When I do it I get them positioned on top of each other, using the white arrow tool I drag a box around the points to select both and then hit Cmd-J and the rest is history. Not sure why it wouldn't be working for you. But it is sometimes hard to get the full picture of what is going on from forum posts.
     
  5. Krebstar thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, for now it looks like I solved it. I just selected everything and used add to shape area pathfinder, and now I can just edit points. This works, although I would still like to solve the join issue.
     
  6. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a

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    Most times you cannot join 2 paths because they are in a grouped state.
    Outline the text THEN Ungroup, then you should not have the problems.
     
  7. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a

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    BTW, The endpoints do not have to be on top of one another, or even close for that matter. I have joined points several inches & feet apart on a regular basis.
    Cheers.
     
  8. jasonhill23 macrumors newbie

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    Joining 2 Points

    I think I just figured it out. If you're having trouble joinging 2 points in Illustrator, more than likely one of the 2 objects you're trying to join is a compound path. Right-click the object(s) and select "Release Compound Path." You should then be able to join the 2 points.
     
  9. usclaneyj macrumors regular

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    Maybe I am misunderstanding exactly what you are trying to do.

    You say "I used the scissors tool to cut end points, so I now have two pieces, both with open endpoints. I want to then join the two on each side so the text flows perfectly."

    To the best of my knowledge, that's not really the function of the "Join" command. If you have a shape that is not closed (let's say a 3-sided rectangle) you can select the points on either side of the gap and "Join" them.

    However, if you have two 3-sided rectangles, you cannot select both rectangles and "Join" them. In that instance, you are better off using the Pathfinder palette to add the shapes together.

    Did I totally miss what you meant?
     
  10. usclaneyj macrumors regular

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    Also, I can confirm that there is absolutely no reason that the two points would need to be directly over the top of each other to join them. In fact, if they were, and you did manage to join them, you would have a bigger headache trying to edit that shape with two anchor points so close to each other.
     
  11. eponym macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, it definitely sounds like a compound path conflict issue to me.

    In the past, when I've wanted to join characters like that, I've simply roughed in the gap shape using the pen, then merged all the paths in the pathfinder. Then tweaked it manually. Saves having to ungroup/release.
     
  12. jasonhill23 macrumors newbie

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    Check Your Layers for Groups

    If you're still having problems joining points in Illustrator, click the arrow of the layer you're working on so you can see everything that is in that layer. Look for any of the objects that you're trying to join with another. If you see an object in a sublayer that says "Group," you will have a problem. You can group one object to itself. To fix this, click on that object in the art board and Ungroup it. That sub layer should now say "Path" in the layers palet. You should now be able to join the paths of the objects. Note, if the other object is a "Group," you will have to follow the same steps on it.
     
  13. Ray Manorak macrumors newbie

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    I love the layers palette, it is my first and last resource within illustrator and so many people i have worked with don't even have it open! I don't get how you can think you know what is happening within the drawing without it?! Maybe i'm just really fussy!
     
  14. askthedust macrumors regular

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    never really needed this

    I been using illustrator for 10 years now and I never really bothered with the layers feature I always resorted to groups of things, but now started using it in the past year and wonder why I never did....
     

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