I have drawn the stroke or border, that is without the fill set, of a star with the star tool. Now I want to cut the star stroke into several pieces. I tried to use the eraser tool but it will add stroke lines rather than only cut the stroke. I have no idea how to do this. Any help much appreciated!

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There are several ways to do it.

  1. Select the star shape and click Path > Object to Path

  2. Add nodes by double clicking using the Edit Paths by Nodes Tool, and/or select a node/nodes where you want to cut.

  3. In the tool bar along the top, hit the Break Path at Selected Nodes icon.

  4. Click Path > Break Apart

  5. Select the path you just cut, and move it away from the star.

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Another method is to draw an open path over the star, where you want to cut it, then select both star and path, and click Path > Cut Path

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Then you can move both parts of the star apart

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  • Thanks! Okay, that seems cumbersome. So there is no way to just cut it along some path or so? Also, how do I add a node? I found that when selecting a path segment I can add a node exactly in the middle of the math by clicking on the add node button. But I want other cutting points then this. Is that possible?
    – Daniel
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 18:26
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    @Daniel OK, I added another method that might suit you better. Also forgot to say to add nodes just double click with the Edit Nodes by Paths tool.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 20:53
  • "Cut path" didn't do this for me, but "division" did!
    – jlansey
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 22:43

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