Copying, cutting and pasting nodes

Bug #172010 reported by Birdsaregood on 2007-06-18
This bug affects 10 people
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Bug Description

Be able to, from an object, select certain nodes and copy (or cut) certain
nodes out and paste as a new object. That would help with both editing of
shapes and making cool new shapes.

hash (hash-g) on 2007-12-26
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Unknown
status: New → Invalid
prkos (prkos) wrote :

I would also like this feature, Ive had several situations when I wished for it.

Why is it invalid, is there already a way to do that?
Until now Id do it by duplicating the object and deleting all the nodes I didn't want, but it can be tedious if the path is complex (I usually need it when editing traced bitmap paths).

Paint bucket does something similar (new object out of the part of a path) but sometimes you want to do it for areas that aren't bound with path parts.

hash (hash-g) wrote :

Path Operations imo, especially Division and Cut Path, are enough, and better way to do that stuff.

bbyak (buliabyak) on 2007-12-27
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
status: Invalid → Confirmed
Ponto (bartoschek) wrote :

I would also like to see this feature in inkscape. It is mostly useful if one has a path that consists of several connected components and one wants to copy or cut one component.

ScislaC (scislac) wrote :

This is one of the few things I still miss from Illustrator... +1

summary: - Copy nodes as new object
+ Copying, cutting and pasting nodes
sdaau (sd-imi) wrote :

Me too.. +1

mandingo (extremeavantgarde) wrote :

would also like to see this +1

Currently I break apart a path in order to copy/duplicate a portion, then join the path back together. I think the ability to simply copy or duplicate the nodes of that portion, would be much faster, and imo is more intuitive. Much more artist-friendly (not that I'm an artist, lol).

Just wanted to add my voice in support of such a feature :-D
Thank you very much,

aquis (office-talente) wrote :

I feel will be very nice and usefull ! Please consider it as very important ! It's far more easy to duouble click on the path, than select some nodes and after exiting from edit mode to keep the nodes array in memory and if a paste pressed CTRL+V, to immediatelly see a group with one or more shapes created based on the closed paths of the nodes selected, probably the result filled with some random colors or starting from black to add some kind of variation !

Ujjwal Singh (san0013) wrote :

for now the WORKAROUND is:
1. Duplicate the object
2. Create a mask
 a rectangle or a path
3. Select the duplicated object & the mask ( {Shift} + Click )
 placing the mask over the 'piece' to be extracted
4. Object > Clip > Set
5. Finally: select and remove the nodes from the original object.


audrey (audreyr) wrote :

Another workaround:
1. Duplicate the object
2. In the duplicated object, select and delete the nodes that you don't want.

I'm new to Inkscape, and grateful to be using it now I can no longer use Illustrator. But I am quite astonished to find that Node-level editing (copying & pasting) is unavailable. Any Illustrator user would consider this indispensable to their workflow – it's such a fundamental requirement for any professional vector drawing program. If you've never used such a feature, you'll have no idea how incredibly useful it is. Please add my voice to those asking for Node-level editing.

Nathan Lee (nathan.lee) wrote :

Closing as part of bug migration over to GitLab. Feature request is still being tracked at .

Changed in inkscape:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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