Negative space in grouped shapes

Started by Moxos, March 29, 2021, 09:19:31 AM

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Hello all,

new to Visio. Tries to understand how (complex) shapes are formatted.
How do microsoft achieve the fill effect where only some of the shapes in i a group take a fill color, and others do not (they actually switch to a white color)?
If I import a composite SVG-file or for that matter a pair of files and group them together, changing the fill color fills everything.

I am unable to find a guide on how you achieve this effect when creating custom shapes.

Grateful for any insight into this.


You can give separate subshapes in Visio a separate fill, so this is possible.
Visio 2021 Professional


Studied the standard shape some more and figured it out.

Paul Herber

Quote from: Moxos on March 29, 2021, 09:19:31 AM
changing the fill color fills everything.

The Visio UI and code work in different ways. The UI affects all shapes within a group.
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