Anybody use Adobe Illustrator CS5? [new question March 5, 2012]

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    Mar 01, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    I am trying to save either a gradient OR the two colours used in the gradient to a custom group in my swatches. Can anybody help?
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    Original PostI'm new to using Illustrator and I'm trying to figure this shit out for an assignment I have due on Monday but my teacher never taught us how to do this and so far I haven't needed to use it.

    Anyways, I'm trying to make a logo for this assignment and I'm using the pen tool so far to draw it.
    I'm trying to use the Adobe help website and ehow for help and it's basically giving me the right answer except that Illustrator won't let me do it.


    I have two anchor points on 2 different paths that I want to connect.
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    I select both points just like the instructions tell me to do.
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    I use the 'join' option, and then it gives me this pop-up:
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    Is it possible to join anchor points if they are not end points or is there something I'm missing?
  • GuysGuy

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    Mar 01, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    I'd have to open Ai but Know in rhino you can choose two poiunts and group them.
  • HPgeek934

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    Mar 01, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    are they on the same layer?
  • GuysGuy

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    Mar 01, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    HPgeek934 saidare they on the same layer?


    Good question
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    HPgeek934 saidare they on the same layer?
    yes, I guess it's hard to tell but both of them are highlighted in red.
  • HPgeek934

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    Mar 01, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    Ok, my next question is why you didnt do them in one motion. why bother do them twice and connecting?
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    I hate illustrator so much for this reason, I do what I'm suppose to do, but it never works :/

    Good luck with it, if I knew I would help you out.
  • HPgeek934

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    Mar 01, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    Illustrator is so friggin easy. I made this last month with it....

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    Mar 01, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    If you have both shapes filled you might be able to use the 'merge' option from the pathfinder menu - not sure though without playing around with it. The result would be sloppy if it works.

    The join tool only works on two end points. example: if you have one path with anchor points A and B and one path with anchor points C, D (the middle) and E. You could join A to C or E, but not D (because it's the middle.)

    If I were working on this I would lock your layer and use it as a template and draw a continuous object or use various shapes and combine them using the Shape Pathfinders. Will be much quicker and easier in the long run.

    Hope that's not too confusing.

    Edit: The above is great! Nice work.
  • HPgeek934

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    Mar 01, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    Thanks Small!
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    Yeah and I've used Photoshop for 7+ years, that doesn't make it easy.

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    Please do tell me how I am supposed to draw that in one path.
  • HPgeek934

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    Mar 01, 2012 1:39 AM GMT
    path 1 looks like its a closed path. you can connect path two to it because its closed
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    smallstories saidIf you have both shapes filled you might be able to use the 'merge' option from the pathfinder menu - not sure though without playing around with it. The result would be sloppy if it works.

    The join tool only works on two end points. example: if you have one path with anchor points A and B and one path with anchor points C, D (the middle) and E. You could join A to C or E, but not D (because it's the middle.)

    If I were working on this I would lock your layer and use it as a template and draw a continuous object or use various shapes and combine them using the Shape Pathfinders. Will be much quicker and easier in the long run.

    Hope that's not too confusing.
    That's exactly the answer I was looking for, thanks.
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    HPgeek934 saidpath 1 looks like its a closed path. you can connect path two to it because its closed
    Anduru saidIs it possible to join anchor points if they are not end points or is there something I'm missing?
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  • HPgeek934

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    Mar 01, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    missed that part lol
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    Mar 01, 2012 11:43 AM GMT
    This may help:

    http://www.krankykids.com/cheatsheets/illustrator/joining_paths.html
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    Mar 05, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
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