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Offline Runs with scissors

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Path: Exclusion
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:02:35 PM »
What does it do?!  Everytime I try to use it, it doesn't seem to do anything!!  Very annoying :P  What am I doing wrong?  I assume by the little icon that it should get rid of all of the lines in the middle of the selected shapes, and only keep the outer lines...  An I out of line in thinking that's what it's supposed to do?  Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011, 06:06:03 PM »
Come to think of it, there are a few more of the Path functions that I don't fully understand...  Are there any good tutorials that someone can recommend?  Thanks :)
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011, 06:58:23 PM »
Hi Lisa, if you are designing with a stroke line and no fill you probably don't see the effect. If you temporarily add a fill it will look different.
Heather who is on this forum has two posts about path operations on her blog
Part 1 http://imagesbyheatherm.wordpress.com/2 ... ed-part-1/
Part 2  http://imagesbyheatherm.wordpress.com/2 ... ed-part-2/

I use path>exclusion if I create a design with many parts I want to cut away like a stencil.

Other members may be able to suggest some other site links or videos. I guess we had better add a bit more on Path functions to this forum. I will try to start posting tonight.
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011, 12:14:30 PM »
I've never been able to figure out how to cut through an object, ie to trim a bit off

Ruth
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2011, 01:45:46 PM »
I fore see another tutorial in the making?
Who's will it be?
Not I said the fly....lol
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2011, 03:46:02 PM »
BathBelle, I usually use Path/Difference to remove part of an object.  Make a shape (either use one of the shape tools or the Bezier tool) that covers the area that you want removed (make sure it is over the original shape), then select both the original and the new shape and use Path/Difference.
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2011, 07:48:13 PM »
Thanks everyone!  The graphics on Heather's blog really helped me visualze what goes on :)  Gawd I can't wait for my eCraft to arrive!! LOL!
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2011, 12:48:37 AM »
Thanks for the link. That was very helpful
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2011, 11:03:16 AM »
Heather, I'm trying that with Path/Difference but it's not working, I'm obviously doing something wrong.

Ruth
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2011, 04:03:40 PM »
I'm not Heather but I have a few suggestions for you.

Path>Difference only works with 2 objects. If you have more than 2 it will not work.

Path>Difference will not work if objects are grouped or part of a grouped set. Inkscape often groups items together all by itself (well it does on  my computer). If you only have 2 objects select both ungroup and try again.

If you have more than 2 objects it may be worth trying Path>Exclusion as it works with any number of objects. Just ensure the shapes you wish to cut away are the objects on top.
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Re: Path: Exclusion
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2011, 08:31:31 PM »
Ruth,  Exactly what Carolyn said.  ;)  One hint is to check the message bar at the bottom of the Inkscape window when you have your shapes selected.  It must say that you have "2 objects" and any type except for "Group".  If you have a Group you must ungroup it, and if you have more than 2 objects you need to either de-select something or use the Path operations to make your original artwork into one Path.  HTH
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