I was trying to work myself through a few tutorials today, but I have noticed something odd:

Here's a nice rubber stamp effect tutorial with two circles and text. enter image description here

The tutorial's text instructs you to cover the "stamp" with the calligraphic tool like the images shows and then apply Intersection to the paths. The result should look like indicated, only chips and chunks should be removed from the original stamp. But wait a minute, if you would apply intersection to the stamp which is almost covered with the calligraphic tool's ink, wouldn't that remove almost everything if you apply Intersection? Am I missing something or tutorials just don't seem to be legit these days?


I kind of figured out something, applying Intersection is right, but I have some problems when the tutorial says convert the circles and the text to path. After that no path operations seem to work. If I just leave the circles and the text without converting them to paths, the effects do apply.


OK, there was actually nothing particularly wrong with the tutorial I linked to in the description, you just need to know about Ungrouping [Ctrl] + [U] which comes in handy when you want to create a Union. :)

  • Using a random form and the spray tool to cover the original image should work too, maybe faster than using the calligraphic tool. Aug 9, 2015 at 5:40

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I think you're confusing Path>Difference with Path>Intersection. The tutorial is correct, that's what you would get as your output.

  • Yes, I have just understood that, but I still have a problem with converting everything to paths. In that case none of the path operations seems to take effect, if I do not convert to paths, it seems to work. Apr 11, 2014 at 21:02
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    It looks pretty good to me. Did you expand the circles' strokes and do a Union operation on the text and outlines? Apr 11, 2014 at 21:06
  • First I selected the text and did Path > Object to Path, then click one of the circles, Stroke to Path and then did the same for the other circle. Finally I selected everything and did Path > Union. After covering the "stamp" with some calligraphic ink, I tried applying Intersection, but nothing happened. Apr 11, 2014 at 21:20
  • OK, I think I have figured out. I need to make sure that everything really gets selected. If the "stamp" is almost covered in ink and I pull the selection tool over the whole thing, it doesn't mean everything is selected. Damnn.... Also, Ungrouping is required to get the Union work. Nice to know :) Apr 11, 2014 at 21:39

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