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Hi Webcat,

This looks like it might be down to file If possible could you provide the file in question for this?

Thanks

Callum

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It looks as though you’re trying to ‘Add’ a short curve to bridge a gap in a larger one. You need to use the ‘Join Curves’ and ‘Close Curve’ commands for this.


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43 minutes ago, webcat said:

Also, here is an attempt with just me "creating" the paths: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqfYoIZuo7 "STILL" will not do right for me, maybe you can tell me what I've done or not done better with this example

Don't try to boolean another curve into the problem closed curve. You actually need a break in the curve and the stroke caps to be Round or Square, and not Butt, so that the caps overlap where the curve is broken. The Node Tool has a button to break a curve at a node.

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1 hour ago, webcat said:

Sorry for the late reply @Callum the files are attached

hand-draw-colorful-watercolor-strock-set-vector.zip

Taking the blue shapes as an example, the biggest shape is a Curves object and three of its constituent paths have a size of 0 x 0 which trips up the boolean add. The app could detect these zero size objects and delete them, but it unfortunately doesn't.

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16 minutes ago, webcat said:

I guess I don't understand why I would break it, when I want it closed? But I will try it though

 

14 minutes ago, webcat said:

:S9_9 Holy cow that worked? I dont get it, but it worked lol

You can add open* or closed curves, but you can only join curves if they’re open (because you’re joining the free ends, and a closed curve doesn’t have free ends).

 

*If any of the selected curves are open, the app will close them before adding them.


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Thanks for trying to explain that for me. I kinda see what you mean, but I will have to play around with more scenarios to see if it all works and makes sense. 

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35 minutes ago, webcat said:

I will have to play around with more scenarios to see if it all works and makes sense

There aren’t really that many scenarios to consider. ‘Join’ joins the (ends of) curves, and ‘Add’ adds shapes together.

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2 hours ago, Alfred said:

 

You can add open* or closed curves, but you can only join curves if they’re open (because you’re joining the free ends, and a closed curve doesn’t have free ends).

 

*If any of the selected curves are open, the app will close them before adding them.

No boolean adding or joining of curves should have been done. All that was needed, as I said, was for the curve to be broken open and the stroke caps to not be Butt Caps.

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@>|< @Alfred was trying to explain the "basis" of the functions to me, not just the particular subject I started the post about. But yea, I've copied everything "as you said" so it's cool. Over and out!

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