How to create a circle or any other shape whose perimeter line is cased? That is the stroke has it's own interior fill and bounding line in addition to the shape having fill?

I can simulate it by stacking 2 circles, with the inner circle smaller and centre occluding the outer circle, but this is extra work and grows less and less feasible on complex shapes. I was hoping to find a line/stroke style that does this all in one go, leaving the objects as single entities.


These example shapes are visually correct, but they're they're result of drawing, duplicating, resizing and then grouping multiple objects.

Another phrasing of this question: How to create a stroke paint that is smaller or with an inner offset to it's stroke style?

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  • create your shape
  • give it a stroke
  • select PATH >> STROKE TO PATH
  • You now have a new shape that has the form of your path to which you can apply a stroke and fill to.
  • Ok, this works well with lines, thanks. When I do it with a filled shape though, the shape loses it's fill when it's stroke is converted to a path. I figure out a workaround of duplicating the circle first and then converting the dupe's stroke to path; not sure that's the best route? Also how to save the path-stroke-style so it can be readily re-applied with exact settings to multiple objects? (perhaps that a new Q?) Feb 5, 2016 at 21:59
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    @mattwilkie not sure I follow your workaround, but in general, if it works for you, go for it! As for applying to multiple objects, you can use SHIFT+CNTL+C and V to cut-and-paste the style of one object to another (I find that a huge time saver)
    – DA01
    Feb 6, 2016 at 0:16

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