I have two circles. One small blue circle and one big pink circle.

Blue circle intersects the pink circle like the image enter image description here

I want remove just the part of blue ball which is outside of pink ball. I tried to select both two balls and do difference but it also removes the part of blue ball which is inside of pink ball

  • What have you tried? Do you know about Boolean operations in Inkscape?
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jul 3, 2018 at 15:38
  • @BillyKerr No. I watched some online youtube tutorials and they didnt do anything with boolean. Commented Jul 3, 2018 at 20:05
  • That's strange, because these boolean operations are like the basics of vector image editing software such as Inkscape. The answer given by @Pinback explains how to do it using one of the boolean operations (Exclusion).
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jul 3, 2018 at 21:45

1 Answer 1


Make sure they are both path objects -

Path -> Object to Path

Duplicate the red circle, select the two circles you want to work on then use the pathing tools

Path -> Exclusion, Path -> Break Apart

discard the lower circle remnant.

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    'Path > Object to Path' is not needed (anymore?), Inkscape will convert the circles automatically.
    – Moini
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 13:11
  • it depends - 0.92 is still the latest for some platforms which doesn't do this and will not behave as expected as a result
    – Pinback
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 13:18
  • 0.92.3 does, and 0.92.2, too, as well as 0.91... (these are the ones I have installed)
    – Moini
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 13:19
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    Not on 0.92.2 OSX it doesn't which is what I used - no path effects will work on circle or rectangles unless you convert them. However good to know that at some point in the future the behaviour will be more intuitive.
    – Pinback
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 13:32
  • This is not a path effect, but a Boolean operation. Can you test again, please? And make a bug report if that is true?
    – Moini
    Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 12:32

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