Inkscape User Manual

Un-official manual by Kevin Wixson

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Part VII
Chapter 6: Break Apart



The Break Apart command is used to create multiple independent paths from subpaths of a single path object. When a single path object comprised of two or more subpaths are selected, and the Break Apart command is executed, the subpaths will be transformed into individual paths. The individual paths can then be selected and edited independently.

A block of text that has been transformed into shapes, with the Object To Path command, the individual letters can be separated with the Break Apart command. Letters composed of two or more subpaths, such as those with eyes, counters and loops (holes,) will need to be re-combined for the appropriate overlapping rules to apply, giving the letters their original appearances.


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