Changing all same colored objects in Inkscape

How to Select by Color in Inkscape

How to Select Objects by Same Color

Selecting all objects by color is very easy to do in Inkscape. All you have to do is right click the selected colored object you want and in the popup menu hover over “Select Same” and click on “Fill Color”.

These options are also available in the main menu under the Edit tab.

Selecting objects by the same fill color

All of the SVG objects in your design file of similar color will now be selected. You have the option to move everything as a group, resize or change the color. In fact, you can create a group out of all the selected objects by hitting ( Ctrl G or G ) on the keyboard.

Remember that objects can not be in a group for you to select by color. Grouped objects will be affected though if you create a similar colored object and change that color by following the steps above.

If you want to prevent that from happening while the group is selected, right click on the group and select “Lock Selected Objects” in the popup menu. This will lock the groups colors as well as lock the group in place.

Locking a group in Inkscape

Useful Example of Selecting by Color

Selecting objects by color is extremely useful when with complex designing patterns, as it will allow you to make quick bulk change and you won’t miss any objects in the process.

Selecting by Same Stroke Color

Aside from selecting for same color you have the option to either select by same fill color and stroke color or just by stroke color. This works exactly the same as selecting by fill color and can provide an extra level of granularity when needed.

Inkscape Will Ignore Opacity

Note the if objects are different opacities but are the same color they will all still be selected. While the objects appear to be different colors, remember that opacity is just how opaque(see-through) something is. You will be able to change the opacity of all the objects at once.

This goes for the “A” or Alpha channel in the RGBA color selector.


Selecting objects by the same fill color probably seemed like it would be difficult to accomplish. After reading my guide I hope you have come away with a complete understanding of the process and how simple it is to achieve once you understand the steps.

If you have any questions or are stuck on anything in this lesson, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

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