Summary: Merge or Split Paths Item menu lets you create complex Bézier boxes from existing boxes. For example, if a rectangular box overlaps an oval box, you can select the submenu and choose an option that will create a single box with the same content. If you merge two picture boxes, one picture will display in the combined box. If you merge two text boxes, the text flows as one story through both boxes.







Note: It takes the base item color as the output color.



Merging the paths



Select the items to be merged and navigate to Item>> Merge or Split Paths>> Intersection/Union/Difference/Reverse Difference/Exclusive OR/Combine/Join Endpoints



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Intersection Merge: It combines two or more items and output in providing the intersection part of it.



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Union Merge: It combines two or more items into one box and output it as one item.





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Difference Merge: It cuts out the front item and the intersection part of both the items. The output will show ONLY the base item.





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Reverse Difference: It deletes the back item and the intersection part of both the items. The output displays ONLY the top part.





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Exclusive OR: It combines both items and removes the intersection part. It makes 2 points at the intersection part.





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Combine: It combines both items and removes the intersection part void. It makes 1 point at the intersection part.





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Splitting the paths



The Split command either splits a merged box into separate boxes, splits a complex box



that contains paths within paths into separate boxes, or splits a box that contains a border that crosses over itself (such as a figure eight). To use this feature, select two items and then choose one of the following options from the Merge or Split Paths submenu.



• The Outside Paths command works with a merged box that contains several,



non-overlapping shapes. Outside Paths keeps all the outside path information and divides non overlapping outside paths into separate boxes.



• The All Paths command creates separate boxes out of every shape within a complex box.