How to Join Paths
A while ago, we highlighted some of the lesser known features in Vectornator. Although these features are cool and useful, not everyone knows how to make the most of them.
Today’s tutorial will cover one of the main questions you guys have been asking us: How can I join paths in Vectornator? We hope this will help improve your creative experience and lead to better designs!
Before we begin, there's some good news for you! Editing paths in our graphic design software basically works the same way whether you're on the iPad, Mac or iPhone. The only minor changes between the devices are essentially just the gestures depending upon tools you would like to use and the platform you've selected.
What is important to know is that in Vectornator you can edit a path at any given time. But, there's a big difference between closed and opened paths. The basic drawing tools as the Pen, Pencil, Brush, Line and Spiral Tools all draw open paths by default and, since closed shapes enable features that open shapes can't use - like Boolean for example - you may want to close an open element to make it more versatile. In essence, the path of a closed shape links the first and last anchor points, while open paths leave a gap between the endpoints.
So, let's learn more about how to manage to manage open paths easily in Vectornator.
How to join two open paths
Steps to do:
- Select two open and separate paths
- Open the Path Tab
- Tap the Join Paths button
Tip for Vectornator Pro on Mac: You can also use the keyboard shortcut ⌃⇧J to Join Paths quickly and easily.
Remember that the bottom-most path will stay in position while the paths above it will move accordingly to fit together. Also, when the Anchor Points are not overlapping, Vectornator automatically adds a line segment to connect the paths.
How to close one open path
Along with using the Join Path button to connect elements, you can connect them by using the Pen Tool.
Steps to do:
- Select the path with the Node Tool
- Activate the Pen Tool and tap one of the two anchor points at the end of the line
- Once that the node is selected, tap the other end node
- The path will be now closed
We hope this will help you take your designs to the next level! We look forward to seeing the amazing things you create!
The illustration used as an example for this tutorial is from @martas_reveries.
If you have more questions than feel free to contact us via Spectrum.
January 15, 2020