Let's say I have a circle (A) with diameter slightly larger than the sides of a square (B), and A & B are aligned center-on-center. As these overlap, they will produce 9 separate regions. Is there any way to intersect the two curves/paths to produce these 9 independent regions/closed-paths such that I can fill/color each of the 9 regions independently?

I see in this link how to cut paths to color each stroke/line independently: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/90075/split-an-svg-based-on-intersecting-lines. But I'm interested in FILLING each region separately. Do I have to cut all the paths, and then manually create closed paths/regions from the newly cut paths, clicking on vertex-after-vertex, or is there a faster/better way?


I tried @Billy Kerr's excellent answer on some slightly more complicated shapes, (B-Spline Paths), and found that as per his suggestion I needed to convert the B-Splines to Bezier paths, using Path + Object to Path and now it works great!

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Yes, there's a reasonably fast way!

  1. Draw your shapes

  2. Select both shapes, do Path > Combine or Ctrl+K. Note: the shapes will turn all one colour, but they are still there, just combined.

  3. Draw a rectangle around both, and hit End (Send to bottom)

  4. Select both pieces, do Path > Division or Ctrl+/. Each piece becomes a separate shape which can have its own fill colour, or be moved or deleted independently

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Note: I've used different coloured fills in the example above, but the colours don't matter, these are just so you can see what's going on.

Edit after comments: Don't use Path > combine on b-spline or spiro paths, because those are path effects. You'd need to convert them to normal Bézier paths before proceeding. To do that, select them and click Path > Ojbect to Path, then Combine will work as expected.

  • Many thanks. That's very helpful, however, when I tried this on some slightly more complicated paths -- B-Spline Paths in the case above (please see my edit to the original question), I got a mess after I did Path + Combine. Any ideas how to handle that? Tks! Feb 29, 2020 at 23:10
  • @Crowdpleasr Hmmm . . . don't use this on b-Splines or Spiro paths - those are a path effects. You'd need to convert them to normal Bézier paths using Path > Object to Path, before proceeding.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 29, 2020 at 23:17
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    Many thanks. That works perfectly now! Feb 29, 2020 at 23:28
  • @Crowdpleasr - glad to please the crowd!!
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 29, 2020 at 23:29

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