I'm trying to subtract two shapes in Sketch 3.0.3. One outer oval and one inner oval, with the inner one being a partially cut out oval shape (shown in green).

This is before: enter image description here

And this is after subtracting the two shapes as selected in the sidebar: enter image description here

The result I expect is for the green shape to be subtracted. Instead the transparent part of the green shape is subtracted as well.

What am I doing wrong?

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You are just missing one step after subtract, you need to flatten the form (the result of the subtraction) because unlike Illustrator Sketch treats "Pathfinder-functions" (sorry come from Illustrator ;) ) like a mask. To make them to one form Flatten them to one and you can subtract again.

  • That was not immediately obvious to me. Thank you very much!
    – jdlm
    Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 17:19

I made a short video showing how you could make any type of shape or graph using the Sketch. Hope this comes to help!


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