Could someone, please, explain me dumb proof what is a clip set and what is a clip release?

I learned how to make an inner shadow in Inkscape using Clip->Set, but I am still confused what is happening when I apply it.

I read the article. And from it I started to think that Clip Set just an operation which finds the intersection of two provided objects and deletes the upper. And it is seems to be so, because it does not contradict to how I created the inner shadow. And article did not manage do explain me what the Clip Release is.

So, does Clip Set really just the intersection which deletes the upper object and what is Clip Release?


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Clipping Paths explained for dummies? sure!

Cut a hole in a piece of paper with some scissors. Place the paper over another piece of paper with a drawing or picture on it. That's what a clipping path does. You can see the drawing through the hole.

Release it, and you take away top piece of paper, and you can now see the entire drawing again.

  • The shape of the whole is determined by the object which is at the top at the time of clipping. Did I get it right? Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 15:40
  • @trafalgarLaww are you a troll?
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 16:04
  • No. I am not... Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 16:09
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    So, could you please answer my question - the topmost comment? Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 16:27
  • @wizzwizz4 - No that isn't quite right. You could easily apply a clipping path to an entire document composed of many elements - just group them, and apply the clipping path to the group.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jan 25, 2020 at 12:12

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