How to Reconnect to an Existing Path in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Creating a shape in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is done by adding more anchor points to the original segment. If you want to fill your shape with a color or a gradient, you need to close it, which means that you need to eventually return to the starting anchor point.

1Create a segment (straight or curved).

We show you how in the preceding sections of this chapter.

You can continue from this point, clicking and adding anchor points until you eventually close the shape. For this example, you deselect the path so that you can discover how to continue adding to paths that have already been created. Knowing how to edit existing paths is extremely helpful when you need to make adjustments to artwork.

2Select the Pen tool.

With the Pen tool selected, move the cursor over an end anchor point on the deselected path.

3Click when you see the Pen icon with a forward slash to connect your next segment.

The forward slash indicates that you’re connecting to this path.

4Create another new anchor point.

Click someplace else to create the next anchor point in the path; drag the mouse if you want to create a curved segment.

5Click to place additional anchor points, dragging as needed to curve those segments.

Remember that you want to close this shape, so place the anchor points so that you can eventually come back to the first anchor point.

The shape shown below is a result of adding several linked anchor points.

6Return to first anchor point.

When you have returned to the first anchor point, move the cursor over it and click when the close icon (a small, hollow circle) appears. The shape now has no end points