Scissor tool/slice vector path
Making more complex vector drawings is difficult without a tool like the scissor tool from Illustrator.
Creating arches like the attached image in Illustrator is super easy with the combination of the scissor and circle tool, but in XD it is very difficult.
I think this is intentional to make users switch over and use something like Illustrator of Photoshop and as such use the PAID parts of Adobe CC. And yes that is a terrible idea since as is evidence in these comments people will just switch over to Figma which can do everything instead of switching over to Illustrator or PS.
I just remembered why I stopped using XD a few years back. I decided to use XD for a new UI project because my Sketch license expired. I figured that by now that the obvious feature gaps would be fixed... Thus my "googling" brought me here.
ADOBE, pretty please! :) This feature should be a given for any vector-based software!
Andrew Freire commented
Jesus christ how is this not a feature already? I am literally about to switch my whole design team back to Figma because this is like the 10th basic thing I've found that XD can't do
Manuel Ryan Espinosa commented
Yes. This would be nice to have. I am finding that I need a more basic method of slicing closed lines when I drag a square onto an artboard. For some reason deleting the Alt tool is just confusing.
I'v tried Alt/option+del to delete one part of a line, and found that it will automatically delete the last part of the line whatever I've chose any other points...so I see XD add this function, but not a completely function like a scissor. When will the function like a regular scissor be online?
James White commented
While a scissors tool may well be useful for certain tasks, when creating arcs it would be far better to retain editability. This would require a checkbox for "open/closed" on a circle shape, and inputs for start angle and end angle. Plus, of course, one for choosing straight or round caps for the stroke ends. Like this control, in Paintcode. Would be super useful.
Or at least... allow us to delete a point... (So we can have open shapes)
Desislava Slavkova commented
Very annoying and limiting. I wouldn't have to go back to Illustrator nearly as often if this wasn't an issue.
Some Guy Online commented
If I create an shape, then double-click on the border, I'm giving a number of points that that the shape is divided into, then I can mess around with distorting the shape to my will, in one of the videos it was claimed that if you hold Alt+Del you can delete a section of that shape, say a square, and create interesting designs; I tried deleted other parts of the shape in this similar fashion, but it always breaks only the top right portion of that shape; was that intended? If not, how would one delete a portion of a shape, thus making it open, but the portion that we chose no the default.
Lizzie Ayton commented
The subtract tool doesn't cut shapes paths and because there is no scissor tool if you want a path that are open and not fully closed you have to draw it manually
B W commented
Final straw really. XD is hopelessly unfinished and will remain so.
The lack of color profiles.
The lack of proper SVG exports - I need usable code that doesn't create shortcuts using 'transform' but proper paths. It may pass for a basic graphic designer but it's unusable as a developer.
Figma seems to be the way forward.
Hey. So there might not be a precise way to do this in xD, but someone commeneted below a great workaround using the dash and gap options on a shape (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkSclfsaFA). This can give you control over the gap needed in an circular shape. If that doesn't work, you can always use illustrator! Just create the custom vector shape in Ai, then copy and paste that into xD. You'll be able to edit the color, size and caps of the stroke just like in illustrator. I think that solves the problem quite well!! Hope that helps! :)
Andreas Mehne commented
Ah, it's not just me then!
You obviously cannot trim, slice, or cut a closed path in Xd. I thought the tool was merely well-concealed, but it is actually nonexistent.
Ron Frank commented
If only Adobe would respond to this thread and say something like: Yeah, we know. We just haven't gotten to it yet. Or: Here's a work around… [the rectangle tip doesn't cut it — literally]. Posting into an unanswered thread is just super frustrating to everyone.
Great idea.. I would rather use XD but this issue is really annoying
Scissor tool would be SUPER helpful and some have argued essential for vector editing.
Vladimir Krstic commented
This is essential for vector editing. Can't understand how something essential like this is not incorporated. Literally only thing that keeps me from switching to XD is lack of cut tool.
Matt Prina commented
For those looking for a quick work around. Here's a cool video on how to make a circular progress bar using dashed strokes.
Nevo VK commented
right now if you draw a line with four points you cannot select the middle segment of the line, then delete it, changing it to two separate lines. I would like to see this functionality in XD. Deleting points sequentially from the end just does not cut it, too often I have to go back to illustrator for basic path editing.