Fill an open path Sean Sedwards Xara Conference moderator, and contributer of many cool shareware utilities in the Shareware Page, remembered seeing this cool tip: To fill an open path, create an object (such as a rectangle) and apply the desired fill to it. Select the open path and the filled object and join (Arrange > Join). The open path fills. Now break the shapes apart (Arrange > Break Shapes) and delete the rectangle.