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I want to create a new vector layer which represents the surrounding water of a particular island I am working with in QGIS. Is it possible to create a water shape based on an "inverted selection" or the empty areas of an existing vector layer?

As @jdavid05 mentions, I do need to create another vector. The question is still a duplicate, though, as I think the following method here applies: Create a new vector layer that fills space between other polygons in QGIS

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You can use the symbology "inverted polygons"

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And you can also style your inverted polygon

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    This is what immediately came to mind when I saw this question as well. This doesn't make a new shapefile though which jserv might need.
    – jdavid05
    Nov 4 '20 at 23:38
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    In this case @jdavid05 is correct. I would like to create a water shape, not just to colour the inverted polygons as this answer seems to suggest. Is it possible to reopen this question?
    – jserv
    Nov 5 '20 at 15:58
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    @jserv In this case, has you try the answer in the link? Nov 5 '20 at 17:10

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