How to Weld Words in Inkscape

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How to Weld Words in Inkscape
Word welding is most frequently used to make cursive fonts more realistic-looking. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

One of Inkscape's greatest strengths is the many powerful tools it contains for manipulating paths and creating complex shapes algorithmically. Welding is a simple task in Inkscape. The tool for welding is called "Union," and it creates a single shape out of many, unifying the style in the process. In order to use the "Union" tool on text objects, you must first convert the object into a path.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create text with Inkscape's "Text" tool. The "Text" tool is located on the left side of the Inkscape window. Click it, then click and drag inside the canvas to create a text box. Type the text you want to weld.

  2. 2

    Press "Ctrl" and "Shift", then "C" to convert the text into a group of paths. Press "Ctrl" and "Shift," then "G" to ungroup the paths.

  3. 3

    Move the individual letters so they overlap. Click the "Select" tool, which has a mouse cursor on it, then click the empty canvas to deselect the currently-selected letters. Click one letter to select it, then press the arrow keys to move it, repeating the process for the other letters. If you are working with a script or cursive font, move the letters horizontally. You can also move the letters by changing their coordinates directly. The XY-coordinates for the letter is located on the top of the screen. Increasing the number for the "X" coordinate will move the letter to the right.

  4. 4

    Select all letters by clicking and dragging a selection box around them.

  5. 5

    Go to "Path" and click "Union" to weld the words together.

Tips and warnings

  • After converting the text to a path, you will no longer be able to type new text. Make sure your text is typo-free first.

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