Inkscape pro tip: resizing or rotating selected nodes of a path

A little known feature that was introduced in Inkscape 0.48 was the ability to resize and rotate selected nodes in a path using on-screen handles. These handles behave in the same manner as when rotating or resizing objects with the select tool.

Enabling the onscreen handles

To use this feature, first you need to enable it, so you need to select the Node tool from the toolbox, then flip the toggle to enable display of the resize / rotate handles for nodes:

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Resizing nodes

Now, with the feature enabled, select 2 or more nodes, and the resize handles should appear around them in the same way when you select an object with the selection tool.
Use these handles in the same manner to resize the nodes.

resizenodes

Note also that the ctrl and shift keys work to constrain the transformation in the same way as with the select tool.

Rotating Nodes

The same applies to rotating nodes. Select the nodes to be rotated, then single-click one of the nodes again to enter rotate mode.(just like when free rotating).  Now use the handles in the same to rotate the selected nodes.

rotatenodes

Note also that the ctrl, shift and the rotation point all also work for rotating nodes as it does with the select tool.

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8 thoughts on “Inkscape pro tip: resizing or rotating selected nodes of a path

  1. This series of 0.49 feature previews, and this “pro tip” with the animated gifs have been brilliant. I’m a fairly long-time Inkscape user, but these have quickly enhanced my understanding and “skill set”. Thanks!

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    • DjR thanks for the Feedback!

      We will try to keep the new content flowing. If you have an idea for an inkscape quick tip, free resource (like from Open Clip Art or another source), or an idea for a tutorial feel free to use the contact form!

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    • Everything that DjR just said. I saw this and thought, “Man, how is it that I never even thought to look this up, it’s so useful!”

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