N.S.L: WEEK 169 – Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 “Join Tool”

I went to Adobe Max this year!!! It was my first time =) We got some new features fore Adobe Illustrator CC Oct 2014.

Vector Fish Drawing in Adobe Illustrator CC
Blue fish with the Join Tool

The first one that caught my attention was Join Tool. It’s going to be a big help when you’re working with the Pencil Tool.


In the video above you’ll see how the join tool works and you’ll see it in action for my pencil tool drawing.


Adobe Illustrator CC October 2014
Join Tool Location

To find the Join Tool, just go to the Tools Panel and you’ll find it at the bottom of the Pencil Tool stack.


Segment join types
2 Join Types

These are the 2 situations you’d need the Join Tool for. On the left you have 2 segments overlapping. On the right, you have 2 segments that haven’t quite met up to connect. At first I thought it seemed really specific, but you ALWAYS run into these situations when you are drawing freely with the pencil tool.


Keyboard shortcut
Old way: Comm + J

Before this update, we would normally hit Comm + J on the keyboard and make adjustments until the paths were correct.


Join Tool workflow
Click and drag to create a join

Now it’s all done in one motion. Just sweep across your problem areas and you’ll end up with a great join.


Creative Cloud- Illustrator
New result with the Join Tool

This is what you end up with the new workflow. The result is what we’re looking for and we can continue creating.


Pencil Drawing- Before
Pencil drawing- Before

While drawing out this basic fish shape, I ended up needing my new Join Tool.


Pencil Drawing- After
Pencil drawing: After

With 2 quick swipes, the Join Tool cleaned up my artwork, allowed me to speed thing’s up and move on the the next bit.


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Twitter: @SebastianBleak #AdobeGrind #NSL  Images looked best on FireFox when this post was created.


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