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Can't add nodes to existing paths.

Apr 17, 2014, 19:01
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Sad Can't add nodes to existing paths.
This is driving me slightly mad. Sometimes I cannot add nodes to existing paths in GIMP. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it; it happens randomly. I just want to alter my existing path's shape by adding an additional node between two others, then adjusting the handles. Nothing too complex. So, I try the usual way:
Paths tool> hold Ctrl > look for the Paths cursor to have a little + show up...but it doesn't. It gets a "prohibited" symbol (circle with a slash through it).
If I try clicking anyway, nothing happens.
On a related note, I also have randomly occurring inability to delete a segment of an existing path as well. Not as bothersome, but still a significant hassle.

Are these things some sort of bug? Does it happen to anybody else? Can anyone help me? I am running out of time to finish a project and I have no alternative to GIMP. Help, pretty please??? Huh
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Apr 17, 2014, 19:34 (This post was last modified: Apr 17, 2014 19:43 by rich2005.)
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RE: Can't add nodes to existing paths.
Sometimes easier if you enable the edit option in the path tool options. Click to add a node. Shift will remove a node.
otherwise as you say
ctrl-click on the path to add and shift-ctrl-click to remove
The no-go will show if you are off the path
   

edit:
If you have many paths are you sure that you are on the active path? It should be obvious as it will be coloured (usually red as opposed to blue for inactive). Just a thought.

Maybe some additional info. Operating system and Gimp version

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Apr 17, 2014, 19:40
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RE: Can't add nodes to existing paths.
(Apr 17, 2014 19:34)rich2005 Wrote:  Sometimes easier if you enable the edit option in the path tool options. Click to add a node. Shift will remove a node.
otherwise as you say
ctrl-click on the path to add and shift-ctrl-click to remove
The no-go will show if you are off the path

Thanks for the reply. I have tried enabling edit mode, but have the same result. Undecided
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Apr 17, 2014, 19:49
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RE: Can't add nodes to existing paths.
Clutching at straws

Are the uncooperative paths 'locked' that is the little toggle at the top of the paths dialog.

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Apr 17, 2014, 19:53
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Funny, I just thought to check that too, but alas...the paths aren't locked. :'(
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Apr 17, 2014, 20:06 (This post was last modified: Apr 17, 2014 20:12 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Can't add nodes to existing paths.
Sorry to ask the obvious, but I assume that when this happens you are really editing the path (existing nodes marked by circles)?

Can you add new strokes when this happens?

Did you try to duplicate the path and edit the copy, or export the path as SVG and reimport it?

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Apr 17, 2014, 20:20
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(Apr 17, 2014 20:06)ofnuts Wrote:  Sorry to ask the obvious, but I assume that when this happens you are really editing the path (existing nodes marked by circles)?

Can you add new strokes when this happens?

Did you try to duplicate the path and edit the copy, or export the path as SVG and reimport it?

It's okay to ask the obvious. Smile Yes, I am editing; the nodes are marked by circles.
I can add new strokes (you do mean separate from the existing paths, I think?)
I tried both "copying" and "duplicating" the path, but it retains the problem--no ability to add nodes or delete segments.
What I haven't done is export as SVG/reimport. Guess I will go try that. Thanks! I'd still love to hear anyone else's ideas!
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Apr 17, 2014, 20:33
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RE: Can't add nodes to existing paths.
Can you post your XCF? (remove all the layers, keep only the paths, or at least some of them)

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Apr 18, 2014, 04:18
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(Apr 17, 2014 20:33)ofnuts Wrote:  Can you post your XCF? (remove all the layers, keep only the paths, or at least some of them)

Hi, I was able to add nodes once I exported and reimported the paths...but I would like to be able to fix the issue for other graphics without having to go through that process. So, I'm attaching an XCF that I'm having the problem with. Thanks again!

.xcf  critter01-paths for GIMPforum.xcf (Size: 35.09 KB / Downloads: 29)
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Apr 18, 2014, 04:27
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(Apr 18, 2014 04:18)creatiVeronica Wrote:  
(Apr 17, 2014 20:33)ofnuts Wrote:  Can you post your XCF? (remove all the layers, keep only the paths, or at least some of them)

Hi, I was able to add nodes once I exported and reimported the paths...but I would like to be able to fix the issue for other graphics without having to go through that process. So, I'm attaching an XCF that I'm having the problem with. Thanks again!

Huh Okay...I just opened the file I attached above, and it's LETTING ME ADD NODES. Seriously??? Of course, I still can't add them to the original XCF. Don't know why deleting a layer and some extraneous stuff from the image would have any effect on the paths...grr...argh...
So...you probably won't see the issue in the XCF either. Maybe I should attach the original? IDK. Undecided
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Apr 18, 2014, 10:13 (This post was last modified: Apr 18, 2014 10:14 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: Can't add nodes to existing paths.
Another thing you can try is a screen capture video recording software. Then upload it to youtube & send us a link.
It could only be about 10-15 seconds to show what is going on. Small quick upload Smile
- If you choose to do this, make sure the tool options & canvas of gimp is visible.

^^^^ NOTE*: However It may not record the cursor/mouse, in this case if your using vista, windows 7 or up, try searching on your computer for "steps recorder" this will screen shot the mouse.
Start the recording when you make the first node, then stop a little after you can't make the node. (The screenshots will populate, post a small to medium size of that screenshot)

If your just making vectors paths, you can try inkscape, then import it into Gimp.

In Gimp you can also make straight line paths nodes by clicking with the free select tool(Freeselect). Or clicking & dragging with it for curvy lines.
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Apr 18, 2014, 11:02
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RE: Can't add nodes to existing paths.
(Apr 18, 2014 10:13)iForStyle007 Wrote:  Another thing you can try is a screen capture video recording software.
I don't see what this will tell us that we don't already know?

Not an unknown problem, by the way: https://mail.gnome.org/archives/gimp-use...00013.html

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