Using Inkscape 1.3, I generated a path and made copies using the rotate copies path effect (c.f.: picture). Now I would like to make individual changes to those copies like changing the color of one arrow. I tried the break apart and Split Path tools with no success.

More generally, I would like to be able to interact with a modified path like a basic one. Let's say I apply any path effect to a path, how to keep the appearance, making Inkscape forget the process of building it. Therefore making it possible to behave like any standard path. How the split the result of Rotate copies


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Since Inkscape version 1.3, you can apply path-effects directly inside the 'Path Effects' panel by clicking on the arrow button next to the effect name, opening a menu where you can select 'Flatten':

Path Effects panel with 'Flatten' menu-item highlighted

If you have multiple effects, you can even choose to flatten only up to a specific one in the list, keeping any effects after that as they are.

Alternatively (and in earlier versions), you can apply all path-effects at once by using 'Path → Object to Path'. After that, you can use 'Break Apart' and 'Split Path' like normal.

  • +1, but just to note that the behaviour of Flatten is a little different from Path > Object to Path. Flattening will cut out all overlaps, but object to path won't.
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 15, 2023 at 14:39
  • @BillyKerr You're thinking of the 'Path → Flatten' operation. The maybe misleadingly named option inside the 'Path Effects' panel only applies the path-effects to the path-data.
    – Xrott
    Oct 15, 2023 at 15:08
  • Oh, you're right it's not the same as Path > Flatten. However, I just tried it a couple of times, but it didn't work well for me at all. Caused Inkscape to crash the first time. Second time I tried it, it didn't flatten the effects at all, and instead deleted the rotated shapes, perhaps because I had multiple grouped objects, then a rotation path effect added to that. Looks a bit buggy to be honest. I'd just stick with Object to Path for now.
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 15, 2023 at 15:48
  • Thank you! That is what I was looking for.
    – Fug134
    Oct 16, 2023 at 15:02

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