I've been using Inkscape for a few months, but recently, path difference hasn't been working like it has before.

The attached image is 2 identical logos on top of a black background, but the logo on the right is what I'm seeing when I go to "Path/Difference" (select right logo + black background, go to Path/Difference).

Inkscape path difference, possible bug

It's distorting the shape like a Bold effect. I've also seen the same thing happen with text, but the "Path/Difference" result has made the text much thinner.

I've had no problems with Path/Difference until recently. Any tips or ideas would be much appreciated!

  • Is the green shape really a path? ( =the visible green area has all the object has, there's nothing hidden and definitely there's no stroke) If not, convert it at first to a path - select it and apply Path > Object to Path.
    – user82991
    Aug 1, 2018 at 19:08
  • The green shape has already been converted from a group to a path. Nothing is hidden and there's no stroke. Once I'd turned the logo into a path, I select the logo, then the rectangle behind, and go to Path > Difference and the issue above occurs
    – Freddo
    Aug 1, 2018 at 21:30
  • Can you share the file? I'm sure it can be fixed, but I don't even fully understand what you're doing without a file, as I don't know about the kinds of objects you have there.
    – Moini
    Aug 1, 2018 at 21:44
  • Here's the svg file: we.tl/3al9bonhWK
    – Freddo
    Aug 1, 2018 at 21:57
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    There's a thick white stroke. Just remove it.
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 2, 2018 at 7:59

1 Answer 1


The Stroke Size on the background rectangle is also applied anywhere there is path difference within the centre of the rectangle.

Problem resolved by removing Stroke from the background rectangle.

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