How to Merge Points in Illustrator

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How to Merge Points in Illustrator
Create cartoon or realistic illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. ( Images)

Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based software created and developed by Adobe Systems. This commonly used software allows users to draw their own customised shapes and objects to create cartoon-like or realistic illustrations. Illustrations usually begin with line segments known as "paths" in Illustrator. These paths each have a beginning and end point. You can use the tools provided in Illustrator to merge two points by either connecting them with a line segment or overlapping the points.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Line Segments

  1. 1

    Select the "Direct Selection Tool" or "Lasso Tool" from the toolbar in Illustrator.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the "Object" menu. Select "Paths" to open a sub-menu.

  3. 3

    Click on "Join" from the "Paths" sub-menu. Select "Smooth" or "Corner" from the options, and then click "OK." The "Smooth" option will result in a more curved line, while the "Corner" option will connect the points with a corner.

    Overlapping Points

  1. 1

    Select the "Direct Selection Tool" from the toolbar.

  2. 2

    Click on one endpoint, and drag the endpoint onto the second point.

  3. 3

    Select "Paths" from the "Object" menu. Click on "Average" from the "Paths" sub-menu to align the points. Select "Both" from the "Average" pop-up box, and then click "OK."

  4. 4

    Navigate back to the "Paths" sub-menu in the "Object" menu. Select "Join" to merge the two overlapping points.

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