# How to create a curvy bend in a rectangle using the node tool?

I created a simple rectangle , then i changes it from from a shape to object to path. At this point it has four nodes. I proceed to add 6 more like below:

What i was trying to achieve is a slight bend in the middle , something like a saucer lets say but even more subtle (I.E. a very tiny bend). unfortunately the bend seems very forced and unnatural and also pointy. My question is how do i create a smooth bend ?

I.E. i don't want the bend in the middle to be pointy but more curvy. how do i go about doing this ?

You could use the Edit Paths by Nodes tool N to grab a path and bend it. There's no need to add any extra nodes to the rectangle for this to work.

Example

What this really does is pulls out Bézier curves from the nodes.

When you have the rectangle selected using the Nodes tool N, click and drag a rectangle selection around all four nodes, this will select all the nodes and you will be able to see the Bézier curve handles, which you can then adjust manually.

Many kinds of slight curves are possible depending on how you position the Bézier curve handles

Another method is to add extra nodes and turn those into symmetric curve nodes, which can then be adjusted manually in a similar way.

• Thank you .. very effective ! Commented Jan 8, 2022 at 19:28
• just a supplementary question , what if i want to move the edges up and down as well ? the same trick does't seem to work. any straightforward approach :) Commented Jan 10, 2022 at 12:48
• @AlexanderSolonik - then just click once to select an object, and move the scale handles. It's one click to see the scale handles, and two clicks for rotate and skew. see example here Commented Jan 10, 2022 at 15:16
• @AlexanderSolonik - or select and move nodes. see example here Commented Jan 10, 2022 at 15:24
• its the 2nd one i wanted. Thanks a ton !! :D Commented Jan 10, 2022 at 17:42

You can use "Bend" path effect as follows: