I’m having my usual learning difficulty with this activity, when trying to create a closed straight sided path in dt. Philosophically I’ve given up on trying to enclose an area with a 1 or 2 straight sided path on a plane (the ‘straight’ requirement is the difficulty). But surely it should be easy with 3 or more sides?
Even after an intense scrutiny of the official documentation, the key question remains: ‘how/where/when does one close the path to get all sides to be straight?’. My problem is that with use of the Ctrl key at various times, selected by trial and error (the ‘and’ always applies), I can generally create an ‘n’-sided closed path but only ‘n-2’ of the sides are straight. The first and last side are always Bezier-looking curves. I can correct that by clicking twice on the control point at the start of the path, with the Ctrl key pressed - but this shouldn’t be necessary, should it? I say this because, once in the last 30 or so attempts, I have created a multi-straight-sided figure directly - but I have no idea what I did ‘wrong’ to achieve this.
In addition I often find that one or more sides of the closed figure have short straight extensions ‘outside’ the path, as if the path drawing algorithm has overshot the apex and back-tracked on itself. What is causing this?
The path I create, whether straight-sided or not, ends up with a short-dashed line adjacent to every edge of the closed path. At first I thought this was an illustration of feathering with a radius of zero, but the short-dashed line remains adhering to the solid line no matter how much I try to increasing the feathering. Not only that, but the dashed line disappears as soon as I draw a second path - so it must be an ‘active-selection’ indicator - yes? If so, how does one apply a feather to the edge of a straight-sided path ?