I have two paths - one traced bitmap, another created from rectangle. I want to separate lower part of the traced image by using the rectangle path. However Path Division removes the whole image. Could you please advise what is wrong? Link to SVG.


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I wouldn't use a Division operation for this. It seems to be too complex for Inkscape to calculate. There may be a limit on the number of paths which Division will work with. Do this instead:

  1. Select the graphic and do Path > Break apart.

  2. Select all the pieces of the top part only, and do Path > Combine.

  3. Repeat step 2 for the lower part.

Here's the result

enter image description here

  • Thanks, your solution works!
    – Creek Drop
    Commented Aug 30, 2020 at 18:15
  • Another option: Duplicate, and do Path > Difference twice, with a rectangle covering one, and then the other part.
    – Moini
    Commented Aug 30, 2020 at 20:44
  • @Moini - yes that works too. Do you think the problem with Division is a bug, or is it because of the complexity of the combined paths? I notice the same problem in both 0.92 and 1.0 for what it's worth.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Aug 30, 2020 at 20:49
  • I think it's a bug, but I didn't examine the path too closely.
    – Moini
    Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 22:29

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