Combine Vector Paths with Photoshop
The vector shape’s border is known as a path in Photoshop. One or more straight or curved segments make up a path. The path segments’ ends are indicated by anchor points. Each chosen anchor point on curved segments shows one or two direction lines that end in direction points. The size and shape of a curved segment are determined by the locations of direction lines and points. Rearranging these components alters the path’s curvature. So, we can freely move, resize, and alter paths.
In the image above, A, and B are the anchor points. C, and D are the direction points. E is the direction line. A path might be open with clearly defined endpoints or closed, having neither a start nor an end. Anchor points known as smooth points are used to join smooth curves. Corner points link sharply curved paths. The curved segments on both sides of a smooth point are simultaneously modified when a direction line is moved on the point. In contrast, only the curve on the direction line’s side of a corner point is altered when a direction line is moved there.
Combining two vector paths with examples
Follow the following steps to combine two vector paths:
Step 1: Place the cursor over the open path’s endpoint that you want to connect to another path using the Pen tool. When the pointer is precisely over the endpoint, it changes.
Step 2: Click the endpoint.
Step 3: Choose one of these:
a) Click an endpoint on the other path to join the path to another open path. A little merge symbol appears next to the pointer when you carefully place the Pen tool over the other path’s endpoint.
b) Draw the new path close to the current path, then move the Pen tool to the existing path’s endpoint to link the two paths. When the tiny merging symbol appears next to the cursor, click that endpoint.
So this is how we can combine two vector paths in Photoshop.
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