Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In Inkscape I first typed text, created a circle, then made two lines from the center. It looks like this now:

image 1

Now, I want it to look like this with the piece cut off, which I made before:

image 2

I can't make it work. Every path boolean operation is not working. How do I cut circle like a pie?

share|improve this question
  • Draw your text and a circle and center them on the vertical axis.
  • Draw a closed triangle over the "X". It can be curved but it must be closed.
  • Convert the circle in to a path
  • Duplicate the circle and the triangle
  • Select one of the triangles and move it to the top z-index
  • Shift-select one of the circles
  • Invoke the "Path" -> "Cut Path" menu item
  • You should now have an arc of the circle cut away
  • Edit the triangle path and create nodes where the triangle meets the circle.
  • Select the nodes you just created and break the path using the toolbar button
  • Now select the circle arc and the triangle path
  • Invoke the "Path" -> "Combine" menu item
  • Lastly, join the nodes where the triangle meets the arc using the toolbar button
  • You can now fill the section and move it.

See Also:

share|improve this answer
I tried, but circle is already path – cikatomo Dec 21 '12 at 23:49
I'll change my answer shortly with detailed steps for the method I am using. – brianpeiris Dec 22 '12 at 0:03
I've amended my answer, let me know if that is not clear – brianpeiris Dec 22 '12 at 0:37
i was trying your answer and then found out where is the trick – cikatomo Jan 8 '13 at 23:58
up vote 6 down vote accepted

The trick is to make lines go considerably out of the circle like this: lines crossing the circle For some reason it doesn't work if they cross just a little. Then you select both of the triangle and circle then do the Path>Division and you'll get this:enter image description here Of course, triangle is one path with three nodes, not two lines.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.