How to Join Two Paths in Inkscape

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All images in Inkscape are composed of shapes and paths. Paths are lines that can be segmented or curved, defined by two or more points. You can combine two paths as one object and then connect the nodes of the path to form a new one. Doing so combines the style information for both paths, and only the style of the topmost path is saved. For example, if you have one red line and a blue line on a lower level, joining the two paths creates a red path.

  • Choose the "Select" tool, located on the toolbar on the left-hand side, then click the first path to select it.

  • Hold down "Shift" and click the second path to select it.

  • Press "Control" and "K" simultaneously to combine the two paths into one object.

  • Click the "Edit Path" tool. The nodes that define the line appear.

  • Click one of the endpoint nodes. Holding down "Shift," select another endpoint node on the other line segment.

  • Click the "Join selected endnodes with a new segment" button, which is located in a toolbar on the top of the screen.

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