Join Tool in Illustrator
now one other thing. And again, things keep getting better here with the updates of the adobe products. I'm gonna go in and say I want to draw something and I'm using my pencil tool because I don't want to mess with my arm using a pencil tool. I don't want to mess with my pen tool. And I decide here that I want Teoh draw like a seashell. So I'm starting to draw these curves here like so you know, And then I want to go in. I'm gonna draw my seashell, and there it is. It's a really bad seashell, but nonetheless, I'm just doing a really quick drawing here. Maybe it's a caterpillar. Instead, there we go. We'll call it a caterpillar. And now what I've got is I got all these lines that are all over the place, so I would love to have all of these lines stop at my shape here or if I want to join them together. So I'm gonna select my lines and I'm going to go under my let's see under my paintbrush Here now paintbrush my pencil and I go to my join tool And my joint tool is awesome. Wherever you ...
have random lines intersecting other lines, I'm gonna take my join tool. And I'm literally just gonna go in. And I'm just going to scribble over those areas that I want to join together. And if I want to, like, connect these, I can go ahead and I conjoined those and I'm going Teoh, come on. I have to get rid of my big shape Here. You do it this way. Take this. Here we go. We have my pencil tool. There we go. A draw like this over these lines. Put these all together and I grab my joint tool right there and select all my objects. And I'm going to join these altogether. I'm gonna go when I'm just gonna kind of scribble in paint over those areas and will join those selected lines. So these lines right here again you have to have the line selected that you want to do that with. If they're not selected, they don't work. But where Those two cross right there those are gonna come together. Were these two cross When a paint here those are gonna come together Thies to cross the paint come together The tricky thing is, once you paint with a joint to only come together, they're no longer selected. So then you have to go back and you have to select them again if you want. Teoh, enough. It's a common thing that I keep forgetting to dio because once I do that and then I want to connect these two together. It doesn't work, you know, and these don't work and these don't work. They have to be selected and then they work. So I want those to come together where they cross. I do that and they basically come together. Do you that select all those objects where they come together or where they don't come together? There it is. Those overlap there run over those. If I want Thies to come together, I could just select them, run over them and they will connect them together. Now the joint tool is one of those things where it doesn't produce results exactly the way you want them to every single time. It's a little bit more unique in how it actually works and understanding the algorithm of how that works. I want all these shapes to come together and where they come together is definitely where they're going to join. So I go to my joint tool. Not a problem. I got that. But now I need to select those again and then go over that and then select those again and then go over that as well. If you have open paths here and they're not touching and you have them selected and you use the joint tool, they will join together. It's just that they may not join exactly the way you think. OK, it joins with a corner there. Then you have to select them again. I want to join those together like so come on, join. And sometimes they don't want to join. So I've noticed that with that, their radio doesn't want to join together. They did before, overlap them, put them together and then use the joint tool right there. No preferences for the joint tool. Double click on it and nothing comes up. But interesting nonetheless so varying degrees of success with the joint tool here on how those things actually work. So join those together, not getting anything happening with that. Once an open shape, one's a close shape, but they're both selected and reason why? Because you're shapes have to be open it. So if you have a close shape trying to join, it doesn't want to do it. It's a little bit more tricky, little bit of fun there, but certainly trying things with a pencil tool. Definitely more up my alley. Go in and create anything that you want. It's going to smooth things out Really nice. There's my little racetrack. Go in and do a little checkered flag right here. Cough it so I don't keep dragging on there. Here we go. There's metal checkered flag right there, nice and easy. So much for high class illustration. So that's basically how to use the pen tool going in and drawing with pen tool, using your shapes and your curves, adding and subtracting points and then being able to go win trace over existing icons. Do your sketching, but introducing the pencil tool there as well for a lot more free form. A lot quicker shapes around your objects and having them do kind of a smooth job with that. And wow, that was quite interesting. There we go. Let's do our line again. All around are little lemon right there beautiful, Much better. I love it when you do shapes like this. It's just so accurate that it does almost a near perfect. So that's the basics of using the pen tool pencil tool and a few little bits of the joint tool. One question that people do ask me is if I learned the pen to an illustrator, will it work in Photoshop? Absolutely. Some people say, Oh, it works differently. Well, works pretty much the same in Photo Shop is it doesn't in design. It's the pen tool, and it's made for drawing shapes. There are a few little features that are slightly different in the other applications. But once you use the pen tool and illustrator, you're gonna have a really good idea of how it works in both in Design and Photoshopped.