Inkscape - Merging Overlapping Nodes
I would really appreciate some help with this little problem I have, it may only be a click away somewhere in a menu - perhaps someone can help. The application I'm using is Inkscape and I'm trying to find a way to quickly merge the overlapping nodes of a single object. Because the shape's nodes have been randomly jittered they are now overlapping each other - which is exactly what I want but not the white 'negative' spaces. I would like to achieve the result shown on the right of the picture (this was done outside Inkscape using Photoshop) perhaps you can help?
Here is a simplified example of what we're trying to do:
Note that changing the fill rule will not give the desired results.
How to do it:
- Make sure all objects in your design are paths.
- If you have multiple objects in your design, choose "Path" > "Union" to merge them into one object.
- Draw a filled rectangle entirely around your entire design path and choose "Object" > "Lower to bottom" to put the rectangle below your design path.
- Select both the rectangle and your design path and choose "Path" > "Difference".
- Select the resulting path object and choose "Path" > "Break Apart" to produce multiple path objects for each region of the design.
- Using the select tool, click near the corner of the whole rectangle to select the rectangle object.
- Delete the outer rectangle you just selected.
- Select all the objects that are left over and choose "Path" > "Union".
Tested using Inkscape 0.48.4
Very cool question, by the way!