I'm trying to create a spherical triangle with 3 circles placed on top of it in Inkscape. The fill of the circles and the triangle should be transparent. Here's my progress so far:

How do I cut the path of the triangle that goes inside the circle? I've tried the options in the Path menu such as Union, Difference, Intersection, etc. but none of them seem to do what I want.

  • Doesn't Cut Path do wnat you need? Please include a sketch of your expected result.
    – Juancho
    Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 19:45
  • Cut Path isn't working. No matter the order in which I select the triangle and the circle, it just deletes the circle.
    – James Ko
    Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 20:12
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    You often have to duplicate the one or other object, when you do path operations, because the one on top is consumed by the operation. Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 10:16

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Duplicate the circle by selecting it and pressing Ctrl+D. That generates another circle on the top.

Select the triangle holding shift at the same time. Now you should have the top circle and the triangle selected, one circle should be unselected. (BTW. learn how to make the selections in the layers panel, you see what is selected, what's not and what is the actual ordering of the shapes)

Goto Path > Cut Path. Top circle vanishes, one stays. (In succesful path operations the topmost path often vanishes. Here you started with making a copy.)

Select the tip of the triangle and press DEL

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