So this is my first post as I just very recently downloaded and tried Inkscape after roughly 7 years of Illustrator. As far as I can say this program is really amazing, although I am struggling with some basics.

  1. If I draw a path with the Bezier tool and don't like the last Node, can I delete it somehow without losing the entire path?
  2. If I miss-click and 'finish' a path, is it possible to continue working with the Bezier tool on an open Node? If yes — How? If no — Why?!
  3. Is it possible to break a Node to have only one handle while drawing? For example: I have a smooth curve but then I want an abrupt edge to then draw along? How the explanation makes sense.. ?
  4. Is it possible to move the active node while you draw?

As you can see there are some features from Illustrator I am massively accustomed to. I hope somebody can help me out, because I feel like a small child again.

Thanks everyone

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You can edit nodes using the Node Tool (F2 by default). Deleting the last point of an open path works as it does in Illustrator. Closed paths need to be split at a node in order to become open - deleting a node is like removing an anchor point. The Node Tool's toolbar has all of these commands by default.

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To create a corner point while drawing with the Pen Tool, hold down Shift. Ctrl is the angle constraint modifier. After a path is created, you can alter a node's style with the Node Tool Toolbar, or Ctrl + Clicking on a node to cycle through the options.

I don't think that you can edit or move nodes before finalizing their path. For that matter, Undo doesn't work mid-path-creation either.


When drawing a path, you can undo your last node using Backspace.


2. only for open paths: you can select the path, then switch to the bezier-tool. You get two squares on the path's ends, click on one of them and continue drawing. (Works also for the pencil).

4. I don't think this is possible

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