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Offline PapaSue

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Pattern Along Path - Call Me Confused
« on: August 17, 2010, 11:13:42 AM »
Using Pattern Along Path is quick and easy, when it works of course.

I use this technique to create arc'd objects.

My problem is sometimes when I draw a circle I then make it a half circle, whether I drag the node or select half circle I get a closed path, other times I get an open path.  Inkscape info line calls one "segment in layer" and the other one "arc in layer".  See photo.

My question is how do I control this, I know it must have to do with stroke, or I think I know but it baffles me.  I know there are other ways, perhaps many, to accomplish the same thing so it is not so much about the arc as it is about the why and how.  Feeble minds just want to know. :?

Thanks

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Re: Pattern Along Path - Call Me Confused
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2010, 11:26:08 AM »
Hi Sue,

Having made a circle, if you move the node upwards you will get an arc if you move it downwards it will be a segment.
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Re: Pattern Along Path - Call Me Confused
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2010, 11:44:56 AM »
There are three buttons on the top toolbar when the Circle tool is selected.  The first one will give you a closed shape, the second will give you an open arc, and the third will reset it to a full circle.  HTH

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Re: Pattern Along Path - Call Me Confused
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2010, 11:53:45 AM »
Thanks to both of you.  I see now that I can use either the middle one to make an open arc OR I can use a full circle and depending on the way I drag the little circle I get the open arc.
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Re: Pattern Along Path - Call Me Confused
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2010, 12:32:18 PM »
Quote from: "HeatherM"
There are three buttons on the top toolbar when the Circle tool is selected.  The first one will give you an open arc, the second will give you a closed shape, and the third will reset it to a full circle.  HTH
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Hi Heather, is it not the other way round, ie the first one gives a closed shape and the second gives an open arc?
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Re: Pattern Along Path - Call Me Confused
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2010, 01:03:18 PM »
Yep, you are right.  Sorry, not enough caffeine.   :oops:
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Re: Pattern Along Path - Call Me Confused
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2010, 02:19:15 PM »
:lol:  :lol:  :lol:
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Re: Pattern Along Path - Call Me Confused
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2010, 05:46:51 PM »
Hi Susan,  
You can also work with fill. It does not have to be stroke only.
The only problem with using fill only is it is very hard to tell the difference between an arc and a segment.
Using stroke makes it easier to see if it's an arc or a segment.
Another alternative if you want to use fill only is to work in outline mode.
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Re: Pattern Along Path - Call Me Confused
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2010, 06:14:24 PM »
Yes it was switching to outline mode that gave me the reason that it was happening sometimes and not others.  I immediately recognized the closed vs open Path.  

Playing around I did get one of each but still wasn't sure WHY.   Since I've been on a dry creative streak I decided today was the day that I was going to figure it out.

After about an hour of it still working sometimes and not others even tho I did try the other two options thinking that might be the answer I still didn't get WHY.  I finally did the post knowing that this forum was the best place to come to get an answer and thanks to all three of you. I learned something again today and hope others gained from it as well.

 I did not know about the reverse pull of the circle down vs up on the whole circle so that was a plus (thanks technomum) and I hadn't noticed (nearly blind you know) that the center option was an open path vs the first one being a closed path. Thanks to Heather.

So even tho I have nothing for my Blog for the second week in a row, I have now put to rest one of the mysteries of Inkscape and how much more I have to learn.

Thanks again.
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