How to extend or combine splines?


#1

How do I extend a spline from the endpoint?
I’d prefer editing the line one control point at a time instead of drawing it. I feel that gives significantly smoother end result with less work.

How do I connect the endpoints of two splines to create a new combined spline?

I couldn’t figure it out, and didn’t manage to find instructions. I could do those in Inkscape, but I’d prefer it if I didn’t need to go between programs for minor things.


How do I merge splines
#2

Yeah Synfig is more about constructing the artwork instead of drawing it in the traditional sense. Building each control point one at a time is the best way to take advantage of Synfig’s morphing abilities.

As to your questions, right click on the spline segment you want to extend and choose “Insert Item - Smart”. This will add an extra vector point to the line which is basically the same as “extending” it.

As for joining two splines together, place one endpoint above the other, select the end points of both splines (ctrl-left click, cmd-left click on the mac, and draw a bounding box over the area to select both points), right click on one of them and choosing “Link” in the menu. The two lines will be joined, but you also need to link the bezier handles of each endpoint. To do that, extend each bezier handle so they are visible, select both, right click one of them and choose “Link Opposite”. Then right click on the orange spline point that the bezier handles are connected to and choose “Merge Tangents”. Then the two lines will function as one line.

Sounds a little convoluted but it’s not as confusing to do as it is to explain. Hopefully I made sense. Maybe someone more knowledgeable than me has an easier way of doing it.


#3

Darth, instructions are quite good.
Combine two splines in one is a must to have action. I vote for it!
-G