I'm somewhat new to vector graphics, but this is really baffling to me.

When I make a shape, the lines are supposed to follow the path outline, right? According to the outline I should have a niceish rounded square. Instead the lines inexplicably distort outward. What is going on here and how do I make it stop?

path does not follow path outline

  • Have you perhaps added a path effect? Click your rectangle once to select it, then open the Path menu. Go down to the bottom and click 'Remove Path Effect'. Does that make any difference?
    – z3z
    May 20, 2017 at 22:42
  • @user287001 Unfortunately, 'remove path effect' does nothing. I put together an imgur album showing step by step what I'm doing with a new rectangle.
    – Puzzled
    May 21, 2017 at 2:24
  • It is doing this with all of my pencil drawn shapes. -_-
    – Puzzled
    May 21, 2017 at 2:37

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Your problem is caused by having the LPE based interactive simplify button selected in the Pencil Tool options along the top. If you don't want to use that feature, then switch it off. With the feature on, it applies a Simplify path effect.

Screenshot of Penicl Tool Options

  • Thanks! Is there a way I can turn this off for existing lines? Or will it only apply to new shapes that I draw?
    – Puzzled
    May 21, 2017 at 15:42
  • Yes, you can select the path and then click Path > Remove Path Effect.
    – Billy Kerr
    May 21, 2017 at 18:53

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