Time for action — combining shapes

One of the simplest ways to create complex shapes in Inkscape is to combine other shapes into one or merge the shapes. Let's learn how we can do this by creating an arrow with a polygon and rectangle shape.

  1. Open a new document (any size will do, since we are just practicing).
  2. Select the Polygon tool from the toolbox.
  3. Create a polygon shape.
    Time for action — combining shapes
  4. From the Tool controls, change Corners to 3, as shown in the following screenshot:
    Time for action — combining shapes

    The octagon polygon shape changes to a triangle.

  5. From the toolbox, choose the Select tool and click ...

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