I have this object (not grouped) :

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This is what I want (after selecting a 'fill' color):

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But I always get this:

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How can this be achieved?

2 Answers 2


You need to cut off the inner objects from the outer object, i.e. to make a difference
(Path → Difference) of the outer object and inner objects, then you will fill only what you want.

To reach it:

  1. Move your outer object to the bottom (Object → Lower to Bottom).
    (Because the difference cut off the higher object from the lower one.)
  2. Select it and select one of the 3 inner objects.
  3. Make a difference of them (Path → Difference, or press Ctrl + -).
  4. Repeat points 2 and 3 with other 2 inner objects.

Done. Now you may fill it.

  • Thanks a lot!! For newbie users: selecting all three inner objects didn't work. Also, I made the selection by clicking the outer object then holding the shift key, and clicking one of the inner objects.
    – Wolf359
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 13:39
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    @Wolf359 If you select all three inner objects, and first do Path > Combine, then you can select the outer shape, and the inner combined shape and do the Difference operation, and it will work in just one step.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 13:43
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    @Wolf359, you're welcome. Another approach is to first group inner 3 objects and then make the difference only once.
    – MarianD
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 13:44

You started with 4 shapes, each with a single path. Select them all and combine into a single shape with 4 sub-paths.

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You want the interior sub-paths to create holes in the shape. If the holes are closed, use the node tool to select all the sub-path nodes then reverse the path direction.

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