Strange overlap in SVG

First off I am totally new to Inkscape and could be doing something wrong, Also I am sure I could combine this into one shape and eliminate the problem, But its strange

Where 2 shapes overlap the GF didn’t engrave.

It is and SVG file, File no stroke, its just 3 shapes that overlap.
Here is the SVG
over lap
Also I don’t really mind the look :grin:


You haven’t done a boolean operation to knock out or join the shapes and the underlying fill . If you make three filled shapes and just lay them over each other, this will happen. One of the matrix tutorials goes through this issue.


Oh wow! What a cool effect!

You need to combine them if you want them to engrave as solid in Inkscape. It has a tendency to subtract overlapping shapes natively. (Path > Union)


Thanks @marmak3261 and @Jules. it is a neat effect, I think you could do some cool stuff with it. its also interesting that where there are 3 layers it did engrave, Just wanted to report it if it is a bug.


That particular issue is just the way Inkscape works, but it looks like it would be fun to play with. :grinning:


Yes it will alternate because a standard test to decide if a point is inside or outside a shape is to count the number of boundaries you cross going off to infinity. It doesn’t work for overlapping shapes.


Thanks for the help everyone! I’m going to close this thread - if you have more questions, go ahead and post a new topic.

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Very cool effect. Sorry it wasn’t what you were looking for, but I’m glad you found it! :slight_smile:


Thanks! that makes sense!

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