In the following image, want the cat head black and the shape of the heart in orange.

my image

I tried selecting the line that I want but it only selects all.

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To be able to colour the shape that makes up the cat's head, it would need to be a separate closed path. One closed path can only have one fill colour (unless it's filled with a gradient obviously).

A simple solution might be to draw a straight line from the node that forms the corner, to overlap the other edge. Select both the line and shape, then do a Division boolean operation Ctrl+/.

Then you will be able to select the head shape and apply a fill to it.


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From this point you could edit the paths, to separate the shapes further


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  • This is amazing! Thanks so much Billy. I'm new to Inkscape and this may be a silly question - how do you select the 'cusp node' option? Thank you, A
    – Alex
    May 24, 2020 at 21:55
  • @Alex It's in the snap controls bar. Hit the following buttons: Enable snapping, Snap nodes paths and handles, Snap cusp nodes.
    – Billy Kerr
    May 24, 2020 at 22:01
  • That's very helpful. Thanks so much! This is what I have gotten to.. after 45 minutes: loom.com/share/14cb1b9f15de495489b7b1daf148070d
    – Alex
    May 25, 2020 at 5:36

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