(see also: Paths Overview)

A self-Intersecting path is a single path that intersects with itself. These self-intersections can sometimes have odd relationships with how lines and shapes are created. These interactions only occur on Closed Paths.


For example, below is a single path with a few self intersections. It intersects multiple times, but the intersections are not compound. On the right, you can see the kind of shape it creates when filled. It looks like 4 separate rectangles, but in reality they are one shape.

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This can either cause problems for your design or you can learn to leverage it to create cool effects. If it's causing a problem, you can remove Self-Intersections and split the path into shapes. Go to Arrange > Path Direction > AutomaticEach intersection is now its own object. Because a self-intersecting path would confuse the path direction, the program is forced to split it, hence this functionality.

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Compound Self-Intersections

A compound self-intersection occurs when more than one self-intersection occurs inside a single element of the path. This forces Flexi to make a decision about which portions of the object are filled and which are not filled. You can change his decision in the Fill/Stroke Editor.
(see: Even-Odd Fill/Winding Fill in Fill/Stroke Editor - Solid Fill)

No Fill                                              Even-Odd Fill mceclip7.png                         Winding Fill mceclip11.png

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Again, you can use the Automatic Path Direction to split the self-intersections into separate shapes. Go to Arrange > Path Direction > Automatic. Regardless of the fill type you have selected, it will always treat it as an Even-Odd Fill when splitting the parts.





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