I have several paths that appear to be connected even though there is no connection between them:

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I would like to split the letter e apart from the path. I found an answer suggesting the use of Break apart option. But that causes the letter inner parts to be all black:

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So how do I remove existing path fragment, that is not connected to the rest, so that it doesn't break and looks just like before? How do I turn selected part of line to standalone line?

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    The inner path of the letter e is responsible for the hole. If you remove it the hole will disappear and the area will be black. Why would you want to remove it without changing the look? – AAGD Nov 24 '15 at 19:00
  • Mind explaining the downvote? – Tomáš Zato - Reinstate Monica Nov 25 '15 at 10:47
  • mark your text "ep"
  • select node toolbar (1)
  • transform to path (2)
  • ungroup (3)

done. Now you can manipulate the e-Shape individually. That's all.

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Starting from a text object 'ep':

  • select the text
  • do Path -> Object to path. You now have a group of objects (letters)
  • Ungroup (Shift+Ctrl+G or Object -> Ungroup)
  • select a letter (eg. the 'e')
  • do Path -> Break Apart
  • the 'e' will now consist of two objects: the outer shape, and the inner part (the 'hole'). The inner part will be black. Select it, and set the fill color to white or transparent (with left-click on the palette, or by using Shift+Ctrl+F Fill and Stroke Dialog).
  • Did you try this? – Tomáš Zato - Reinstate Monica Nov 25 '15 at 9:37
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    It appears to be @TomášZato's problem to just get the letters separated. So after the ungroup he would already have what he needs. The 'break apart' part is not necessary. – AAGD Nov 25 '15 at 10:10

Nobody could answer with exact answer so here's the best I could figure out. We ended up with this poor thing:

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The answer to the problem is Path - Difference (Ctrl+-) from the main menu. image description

You have to do it for every letter but it works.


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