Apologies upfront - I have I no idea what I’m doing. Bear with me for a minute. I have an image that I want to build a puzzle out of, where the pieces are the same shape/size as geometric-ish patterns in the picture. My goal is to generate an svg of paths in Inkscape, where each path represents an individual piece. Different pieces will be cut from different materials (envision one of those gemstone globes where each country is cut from a different type of stone, like so: http://www.ebay.com/itm/282243983199,) therefore I want each piece to be a stand-alone path so that I can consolidate same-material-pieces into a small area when cutting, to minimize waste. I have to create each path by hand by manually tracing over each piece in the image.
So here’s my question, using this honeycomb as an theoretical example. If I manually create a separate path for each of cells 1-6, then by doing so I’ve already traced all the edges of cell A as well. Is there a way to “automagically” create a path for cell A without manually re-tracing every side of that cell? It’s not a big deal when talking about this honeycomb, as it’s just 6 straight sides. But if the shared sides are long and convoluted, like the borders of a country on a globe, then retracing cell A would be a big waste of time. The same question applies to any shared path segment, like that between cells 2 and 3 for example.
Is there an easier way to do this?