Inkscape Boolean Modes | Tutorial

Boolean Modes are Inkscape’s most effective shaping tools. Allowing the user to have full control of the final form of your elements. In this tutorial we show you how they work and difference between them. A tricky topic, I found that alot of persons get confused when using them (even me sometimes). So I created this guide as a reference so we can use the Boolean mode Inkscape tools in confidence.

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Inkcape Boolean Modes Union
Inkcape Boolean Modes Union

Boolean Modes: Union

  1. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  2. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  3. Can join more than one element together
Inkscape Boolean Modes Difference
Inkscape Boolean Modes Difference

Boolean Modes: Difference

  1. Works like “subtract” Where the top is the active element and does the subtracting from the lower element
  2. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with multiple Elements
Inkscape Boolean Modes Intersection
Inkscape Boolean Modes Intersection

Boolean Modes: Intersection:

  1. Works like a “Ven Diagrams intersection OR like the LCM of a Division” Only the intersect/common root is left
  2. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with multiple Elements
Inkscape Boolean Modes Exclusion
Inkscape Boolean Modes Exclusion

Boolean Modes: Exclusion:

  1. Complete Opposite to the Intersection
  2. Works like a “Ven Diagrams intersection exclusion (AnB)’. Everything but the intersection is left
  3. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  4. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  5. Works with multiple Elements
Inkscape Boolean Modes Division
Inkscape Boolean Modes Division

Boolean Modes: Division

  1. Works like a remainder division  (A/B r C) A = Active Element. The result of A and B is left as well the remainder
  2. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with 2 Elements
Inkscape Boolean Modes Cut Path
Inkscape Boolean Modes Cut Path

Boolean Modes: Cut Path

  1. Works like a divider (no remainder) for paths/strokes strictly. Cuts the lower element where the path is placed
  2. Lowest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with 2 Elements
Inkscape Boolean Modes Break Apart
Inkscape Boolean Modes Break Apart

Boolean Modes: Break Apart

  1. Restores root elements that where used to form a shape.
  2. Highest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A destructive edit (the node group is changed in the newly form shape)
  4. Works with 1 Element at a time.
Inkscape Boolean Modes Combine
Inkscape Boolean Modes Combine

Boolean Modes: Combine Apart

  1. Joins shapes together, all shapes share the same colour information, shapes can be altered and separated
  2. Highest element in the layer step hierarchy retains colour information
  3. A Non- Destructive Union edit
  4. Works with several elements at a time.