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    Question Question about paths in GIMP

    Well, I've searched for nearly 2 hours now, but didn't find an answer. So, sorry to bother you with such a rather silly question, but I really need to know: Is there a way to connect two anchors of two different paths?

    Example:

    Question about paths in GIMP-bildschirmfoto-1.png

    Can I connect anchor 3 and 6? It's technically one and the same path, as they are both on the same "layer" in the path menu, but I don't seem to get them connected in any way. Is it even possible?


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    Not that I know of. I gave up on gimp's path handling for all but the simplest things (and selection->path->stroke path which gives better results than stroke selection). I use inkscape for vector work, including labeling. You can either export pngs from inkscape and import them into gimp, or import the SVG from inkscape into gimp. I prefer the inkscape renderrer so usually go the first way, unless I have a specific need for the paths.

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    What I have done when I was faced with this situation was to just click on 6 and then create a new node. Pick that up and lay it right on top of 3. I do not know of a way to create a branch like what you are looking for but if you plan to stroke the path it should look fine doing what I said. Furthermore, if RobA doesn't know how to do it, then it probably isn't there. He's sort of the Gimp expert.

    I am usually just happy when my paths work at all.
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    Hum, what a bummer! The reason I thought (and hoped) it'd be possible was *this* thread. The branches in the example looked like they were connecting just perfectly. Trying something like that using different paths which I made "connect" by hand gave me a rather shabby result.

    Oh well, I'll get over it. Thanks for your reply.

    [Edit] Thanks to you as well, Jaxilon. The method you suggested is doing pretty good for most cases, but when it comes to creating rivers using the "tapered stroke along path"-plugin, the result is then more like this:

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    In a perfect world, the anchors would just friggin' connect. Too bad. Looks like I can't skive off the dirty work.

    [Edit-Edit]

    Huh, nevermind. It's looking fine, when I reduce the value for "Exponent" in the plugin-GUI. Thanks anyway and sorry for bothering.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobA View Post
    I guess I didn't read your post fully, Rongar. Paths can not fork.

    -Rob A.
    Which is a bloody shame, if you ask me. It's not like it wouldn't come in handy at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobA View Post
    Paths can not fork.
    Someone needs to alert the developers because clearly they don't know much about paths

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveller, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference

    ...Robert Frost "The Road Less Travelled"
    Well, ok, to be fair it was a road but technically that's still a path

    One of my favorite poems by the way.
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