Beginner. I need to join the nodes in a drawing in Affinity Designer. Whenever I select the entire drawing and click join nodes, random lines appear all over the drawing. Any idea how to solve?

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    Hi. Welcome to GDSE. It's likely because you are trying to join nodes in the middle of a path. That doesn't work in vector image editing. You can only join the end nodes of open paths together. The extra lines are the software attempting to join the end nodes.
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 6, 2021 at 16:10
  • For Affinity, if you select a given set of nodes (with the direct selection arrow) when you click on the join nodes, Affinity will interpolate the bezier path between those nodes. If you have both a lot of disconnected nodes, and you select the entire path and tell it to join... you get unpredictable results. Feb 21 at 22:30

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I guess the rightmost shape in the next image resembles your unwanted result when you select the leftmost version and use "Join Curves"

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A.Designer has no idea what you see the right joining order should be. It tries to add somehow a short total amount of new curve between the pieces and tries to respect which was a beginning and which was the end.

You should draw the pieces with snapping on to be able to continue from the right place without a gap. Or you should move the ends of the pieces manually with the node tool. Again snapping helps to avoid gaps if the snapping options are set properly

Here's a version which is edited with the node tool:

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