Re: [artworks] Joining shapes

  • From: Richard Ashbery <riscos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: ArtWorks Mail list <artworks@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 13:59:08 +0100

On 08 Jun, riscos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> In article <18b344ac4f.martin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Martin
> Wuerthner <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > In message <4fac3da5aariscos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Richard Ashbery
> >           <riscos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > > "Join shapes" will certainly join two objects leaving a
> > > transparent hole in the middle of the new shape. I sometimes
> > > need to join say a filled rectangle and a circle to give a
> > > rounded shape (a rectangle with a convex end). I can do this
> > > using the path editing tools but is there a quicker and better
> > > way.

> > Yes, using a "magic" sequence of operations you can unify shapes
> > (obtain a single shape that covers the union of the areas of one
> > or more shapes) and subtract shapes (obtain a shape that covers
> > the area of one shape minus the area covered by another partially
> > overlapping shape). See the Intersect tutorial for details. You
> > can find it on your ArtWorks 2 CD.

I've had another look at this Martin and sure enough it can be done.

Assuming the two "closed" objects are selected, the sequence of events
is as follows:

ALT-drag the original and clone to select both (note - there is
nothing to indicate the shapes are selected and if you get this bit
wrong and end up selecting only the clone the rest of the procedure
Select intersection and delete.

Six steps are needed. Could this be simplified in the future. The
abitity to join multiple shapes in a simplified way might allow some
interesting geometric patterns to be created.

The other reason is that in 3 months time I will have forgotten how to
do this and have to refer to the tutorial again.

Best regards


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