How to join multiple line segments to make a fillable polygon - Adobe illustrator

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How to join multiple line segments to make a fillable polygon

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    Howdy,

    I have illustrator CS2 12.0.1. Is there any easy way to create an irregular shaped fillable polygon? The way I currently do this is (1) I use the line segment tool to draw the sides of the polygon, (2) then for each corner of the polygon, I use the direction selection tool to select the corner, then do command-J to "join" the two segments that touch that corner. Only after doing that, I am finally able to use the eyedropper tool to fill the polygon.

    This take a lot of tedious effort. I have LOTS of polygons to draw. Once I have drawn the segments, it seems like I should just be able to select all the segments and have an option that does all the joins at once.

    Or, maybe instead of the line segment tool I could use some path tool. But whenever I have tried that, I end up with curved segments instead of straight ones.

    Can anyone tell me how to do this?

    Thanks for any help,
    Frank B

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    Frank:
    Press and hold the button with the Rectangle (or possibly the circle, depending on what you've been doing.) It should expand out to show more icons "underneath". There is a Polygon Tool available there. (There may be a keyboard shortcut but I can't recall it offhand if there is. You could set one yourself if there isn't and you want one).

    Have fun!

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    How to join multiple line segments to make a fillable polygon

    Jim,

    The polygon tool only draws regular polygons. My polygons are irregular.

    Frank B

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    Basically I am drawing on top of a bitmapped background which is a satellite map. My polygons are essentially the property lots on this map. So I visually see where the corners are, and I want to make a polygon that I can fill. I actually will fill with a few different translucent colors to indicate different types of lots. This all works fine except that my current means of drawing the polygons is tedious, and it seems like there should be a better way.

    Another way I could solve my problem is if I were able to reshape an existing polygon by dragging its corners to where I wanted them to be. I have not figured out how to do that. Either the entire polygon moves when I drag a corner, or the polygon gets reshaped by the drag in a way I don't want (what I want is to move one corner, and what I get instead seems like one corner stays put and the other three move around to keep constant skewishness; or something).

    Frank

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    Frank, it sounds like the pen tool would save you time, especially since you need not create especially smooth corners or curved sides. You'd make the segments by clicking on a property line corner to place your first point, then at the next corner which creates a second point and a segment between the two points, and all the way round the property until you click one final time on top of the first point. That last click closes the path so you can fill it.

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    Thanks Doug. I have just now tried that, and it does exactly what I want!

    Frank

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