Break a line in InkscapePosted: 2018-03-31 Filed under: academic, drawing, misc | Tags: break, Figtree, inkscape, line, SeaView 1 Comment
I have a solid line in Inkscape and I want to insert a line break, say, in the middle. The reason is that I had a relatively complex figure generated as SVG, where I need to colour some lines in half.
So, here’s how to do it:
- Select the line you want to break
- Click Edit path by nodes button (or just press F2):
- Click Convert selected object to path (or press Shift + Ctrl + C):
- Double click the line at the place you want to break. A new node will be inserted.
- Click on the new node to make sure it is selected.
- Click Break path at selected nodes:
- Go to the Path menu and click Break apart (or just press Shift + Ctrl + K)
The line is broken!
Why do I need this? Well, I have a phylogenetic tree exported as SVG by SeaView. Once I open it in Inkscape I want to colour-code certain branches. When I do Ungroup, however, the line that connects two branches to their ancestral node is solid. When I break it at the place pointed below, I can colour the tree properly:
For the record, there is a program that can generate SVG trees with lines already prebroken there, it is called FigTree.
Thanks! This saved my bacon. And I learned some keyboard shortcuts.