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The letter A is a set of paths (after converting to paths from object). It's two paths really, the outline of the A and then the interior triangle is another path. But when you select it, they act like one combined path, even though they are not connected to eachother.

How would I extract the path from the triangle by itself as it's own independent path that I can fill and stroke?

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You can use Path > Break Apart to split that letter A into two unique objects.

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Ah I was messing with that but didn't know I needed to select ALL the points of the object. Thanks! –  Jakobud Jul 11 '12 at 5:40
    
Ha. No problem! :) –  iglvzx Jul 11 '12 at 5:48

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