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Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook by Mihaela Jurković, Rigel Di Scala

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Path operations

Inkscape comes with several useful path operations that enable us to assemble complex objects from simpler ones, thus speeding up the process of creating elaborate drawings.

How to do it...

The following steps outline some useful path operations:

  1. Create a rectangle using the Rectangle tool (F4 or R) and a star using the Star tool (Shift + F9 or *). Position the star over the top rectangle edge so it partially overlaps the rectangle.
  2. Select both objects (Ctrl + A) and perform a union on them using the Path | Union option How to do it... or Ctrl + +. Notice how we now have only one object with the same outline as the previous objects combined:
  3. Create ...

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