A variety of Strumento Ritocco modes modify paths. If an object is not a path (i.e. Rettangoli, Ellissi, text) it is first converted to a path. Unlike the Strumento Nodo, nodes do not need to be selected.
All path modes share the Fidelity parameter. The range for the parameter is from 1 to 100. A low value gives a rough distortion using few nodes, a high value gives a smoother distortion but at the cost of creating large numbers of nodes. Note that any path distortion will affect the entire path, even the parts that are far away from the cursor.
The tool has several known problems. If used on an open path, the path will become closed. It doesn't work well on straight lines. Thin calligraphic type strokes will suddenly disappear or change drastically in shape. A number of possible work-arounds: 1. Increase Fidelity, 2. Use the → (Ctrl+L) command (which results in a new set of nodes which may avoid the problem), 3. Use multiple «soft» strokes (i.e. reduce the Force parameter). The problems are from faults in the library routines used to manipulate the paths. A new library is currently under development.
The following path modes are available:
Push. (Shift+P) Default. Displaces path in direction of drag.
Shrink. (Shift+S) Insets path near cursor while dragging.
Grow. (Shift+G) Outsets path near cursor while dragging.
Attract. (Shift+A) Displaces path inward toward cursor while dragging.
Repel. (Shift+E) Displaces path outward from cursor while dragging.
Roughen. (Shift+R) Roughens path near dragged cursor.
A few short cuts exist: Ctrl switches temporarily to Shrink mode. Ctrl+Shift switches temporarily to Grow mode.
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