Say you have a circle, and a letter (X), on top of that circle. The circle is black, the background is white, and you want the X to be transparent. HOWEVER, you want the X (or the area where the X occupies) to be transparent to the white background, not the black.

What is this called, and how is it accomplished?

  • I would call this "punching out" the lettering
    – Preston
    Sep 25, 2014 at 6:14

1 Answer 1


Assuming, you want the X to be totally transparent:

  1. Use Path → Object to Path on both, the circle and the X.
  2. Select the X and then the circle (order matters).
  3. Use Path → Difference.
  • Path > Difference also works on Objects. No need to transform to a Path. Also then, selection order will not matter.
    – Takkat
    Sep 24, 2014 at 17:43

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

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