Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Easily joining multiple paths, part of Illustrator CS5 New Features.
When working in Illustrator, we're often doing a lot of path editing,…for example, combining paths, working with anchor points, and also combining…anchor points together to create an overall single path.…For example, I have some artwork on my screen here.…Let me zoom in just a little bit closer here and when I go ahead and I select…it - the middle area is actually locked right now, I'm just dealing with the…outer area - say I wanted to fill this background shape with a color, for…example, maybe yellow.…If I go ahead now and I choose yellow for my Fill color, I'll find that I'm…not getting the results that I'm really looking for.…The reason why is because these shapes are not connected to each other.…
All these shapes are actually separated.…This can happen for a variety of reasons.…First of all, you may have drawn them that way.…For example, you may have had separate shapes that you now just positioned so…they look like they're attached, but they're not really connected to each other.…I am going to press Undo to move these together.…
- Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
- Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
- Creating variable-width strokes
- Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
- Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
- Adding arrowheads to strokes
- Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
- Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.