Boolean Modes | Inkscape Functions Tutorial Boolean Modes | Inkscape Functions Tutorial

Boolean Modes | Inkscape Functions Tutorial

Wednesday 28th February, 2018
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Inkscape Boolean Modes | Tutorial” google_fonts=”font_family:Crimson%20Text%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:600%20bold%20regular%3A600%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Boolean Modes are Inkscape’s most effective shaping tools. Allowing the user to have full control of the final form of your elements. In this tutorial we show you how they work and difference between them. A tricky topic, I found that alot of persons get confused when using them (even me sometimes). So I created this guide as a reference so we can use the Boolean mode Inkscape tools in confidence.

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3_BrJlntX0&t=137s” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3577″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Boolean Modes: Union

  1. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  2. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  3. Can join more than one element together

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3583″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Boolean Modes: Difference

  1. Works like “subtract” Where the top is the active element and does the subtracting from the lower element
  2. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with multiple Elements

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3582″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Boolean Modes: Intersection:

  1. Works like a “Ven Diagrams intersection OR like the LCM of a Division” Only the intersect/common root is left
  2. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with multiple Elements

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3580″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Boolean Modes: Exclusion:

  1. Complete Opposite to the Intersection
  2. Works like a “Ven Diagrams intersection exclusion (AnB)’. Everything but the intersection is left
  3. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  4. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  5. Works with multiple Elements

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3579″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Boolean Modes: Division

  1. Works like a remainder division  (A/B r C) A = Active Element. The result of A and B is left as well the remainder
  2. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with 2 Elements

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3575″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Boolean Modes: Cut Path

  1. Works like a divider (no remainder) for paths/strokes strictly. Cuts the lower element where the path is placed
  2. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with 2 Elements

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3578″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Boolean Modes: Break Apart

  1. Restores root elements that where used to form a shape.
  2. Highest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with 1 Element at a time.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3576″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Boolean Modes: Combine Apart

  1. Joins shapes together, all shapes share the same colour information, shapes can be altered and separated
  2. Highest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A Non- Destructive Union edit
  4. Works with several elements at a time.

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Posted by Phillip Taylor