I have two overlapping hexagons and simply need to separate them into two

Asked by Kevin Speer on 2018-03-15

Hello, sorry in advance if my question is too basic, but I've just downloaded Inkscape and am getting up to speed.

I have generated a logo that consists of two hexagons that overlap. Not sure if I'm using the right terminology, but neither hexagon has a fill. However, the hexagonal outlines are not simply a stroke, either. It's like each hexagon has an outer hexagon and an inner hexagon, each consisting of six sides. And then, of course, there are two of these shapes that overlap. I am trying to separate them so that I can make one hexagon a color, and the "underlapping" hexagon a different color.

Does anyone have suggestions for how I can achieve this? Thanks so much in advance!

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TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #1

If you can upload an example svg file to a sharing site like dropbox and post the link, we can better help with this issue.

Also review the tutorials in the Help menu, they are easy and very helpful for new Inkscape users.


Kevin Speer (kevinspeer) said : #2

Hi TD,

Sorry for that. I looked all over for a way to upload a file, but I suppose we need to use file-sharing.

Here is a file that is clearly a work in progress, but I think you'll see the overlapping hexagons I am referring to. I would love to know how to create nodes/segments/etc to separate them, with the lower one "on top" and the upper one "underneath."


Thanks so much for any help!


TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #3

Hi Kevin,

The hexagon pairs in the file can't be simply broken apart into two. Best choice here is to create a new hexagon and duplicate/locate it where needed.

If I were to create a new hexagon, here's how I'd make one very close to what is there:
(Screen recording)

The corners of the new object can be made sharp using the Fill/Stroke dialog, Stroke -style tab.


Kevin Speer (kevinspeer) said : #4

Hi TD,

Wow, this is so helpful! Thank you so much! I am off to the races now.

Generally speaking, is Inkscape just as functional as Adobe Illustrator? AI is what I have had some substantial experience with, albeit 4-6 years ago now.

Again, I really appreciate the help for someone you don't even know.


TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #5

Most of the popular vector editors have a common set of functions, so skills in one easily transfer to others. Inkscape is special for two reasons : it is a native SVG editor, and it's free open source software (FOSS) .

You may find that there are many in the Inkscape community that are happy to "pay it forward"... We all benefit.