Break paths Inkscape tutorial 

Learn to break paths Inkscape tutorial

In order to break paths, or rather cut into a stroke first of all we must understand nodes and strokes. Let’s examine strokes and nodes to perform these actions. View the video Inkscape tutorial instead.

Break paths Inkscape tutorial

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Break paths Inkscape tutorial

Break paths Inkscape: Shape to path 

Select the star tool and also drag out a shape. Additionally to make the star as shown make certain you have star selected and also enter the settings of 5 corners and .375 spoke ratio in the star menu. 

By looking at the two squares in the shape we know that this is a “shape”. Consequently we need to convert it. Convert the star to a “path” by going to path-object to path. (do not choose stroke to path quite yet).

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See the difference? Now we can definitely edit the nodes of the stroke.

Draw a box over these two nodes. 

Learn Inkscape 1.0

While there are some tutorials in this course, It is not the main objective. The lessons allow learners to understand the tools and why they are used.

Break paths Inkscape: Adding nodes 

With those nodes selected also click the node “+” above the arrow on the far right in order to add new nodes.

Alternatively, you can also double click on the red stroke to create a new node. Remember too that you must be in the node tool to have these options available.

Breaking nodes

While still in the node tool, select the three nodes created. Go to the top icon that says break paths at selected nodes. (4th icon top row).

Finally, you can delete the node(s) you don’t want.

Break paths Inkscape tutorial
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