Inkscape - path editing
This article covers how to manipulate paths in Inkscape, a free and open-source vector graphics editor.
Paths are a sequence of straight line segments and/or Bezier curves that can have fill and stroke properties. Paths are make up of nodes.
To edit a path in Inkscape, select the Node tool from the toolbox, by using the keyboard shortcut (F2), or by double-clicking any a path with the selector tool.
[SCREENSHOT OF TOOLBOX]
Note: If you cannot see your toolbox, unhide it from View > Show/Hide > Toolbox
Nodes and Handles
Nodes are dots on the path. Handles are... Not all nodes have handles
CTRL click on handle to delete it SHIFT + drag from the node to add it back in
Rotate [ ] Length .,
Show path outline Hide bounding boxes
Click on node to select it Tab to select next node / shift-tab for previous node
Shift- click for next tab CTRL + A for all nodes
Click and drag, arrowns, CTRL to constrain in horizontal or vertical movemtn XY coordinates in the command bar
Spacebar to move objet when in node tool + spacebar to exit //show bezier handles
Double click on the path In the midlde of two nodes: select two then: shift + I Add node on top of other nodes: shift + d
CTRL + delete = delete and changes the path Delete = delete and does not change the path
There are 4 types of node handles styles. Can convert from one node type to another by clicking the buttons in the commands CTRL + click to cycle through modes
|Name||Shape||Used for||# of handles||Handle control||Shortcut|
|Corner/Cusp(?)||Diamond||Sharp corners, change of direction||0,1 or 2||handles move independently||Shift + c|
|Smooth||Smooth curves||Square||2||move in unison, length can be adjusted independently||Shift + s|
|Symmetrical||Square||2||position and length are linked||Shift + y|
|Auto-smooth||Octagon||Similar to smooth but nearby handles are reshaped as you move||2||---||Shift + a|